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Giants’ injury news: Good news, bad news for wide receivers

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Sterling Shepard takes positive step; Golden Tate has concussion

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The New York Giants had one positive development and one negative one on Sunday when it comes to their wide receiving corps. The bad new is the team announcing that Golden Tate has entered the concussion protocol. The good news is that Sterling Shepard practiced without a yellow non-contact jersey, the first time he has done that since fracturing his thumb during the first practice of training camp.

Shepard said the thumb “has actually healed up pretty fast” and he is “feeling good.” Head coach Pat Shurmur said Shepard’s ditching of the yellow jersey is “just the next step in the process.”

Ever since suffering the injury Shepard has insisted that he thought he would be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener vs. the Dallas Cowboys. This is an indication that he’s right.

“I don’t see anything that can hold me back right now, unless something was to happen in practice. I’m on pace,” Shepard said.

As for Tate, the fact that he is already suspended for the first four games of the season due to PED violation means the Giants already had to be planning to replace him. So, as far as the team is concerned it doesn’t change anything.