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Giants’ injury news: Sterling Shepard suffers broken thumb

Wide receiver to be evaluated “week to week”

NFL: New York Giants-Minicamp
Sterling Shepard
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard, being counted upon to be the team’s No. 1 wide receiver this season, broke his thumb Thursday at practice, the team announced.

Shepard signed a four-year, $41 million contract in the offseason and is expected to be the Giants top wideout with Odell Beckham Jr. now in Cleveland. Shepard caught 66 passes in 2018.

Before practice, coach Pat Shurmur was complementary toward Shepard.

“Sterling is a football player, and we appreciate his toughness and his ability to make plays, and all the things he adds to the team,” Shurmur said. “He’s a value-added guy in my mind. He plays his position, but he makes the people around him better. I think that’s what all the players should strive to do.”

Other injury notes

  • Jabrill Peppers was stretched out by a trainer at one point, apparently for cramps.
  • Nate Solder (left tackle) and Mike Remmers (right tackle) worked with the first team after missing spring practices.