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Sterling Shepard “feeling great,” ready for Dallas Cowboys

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Wide receiver says his thumb is no longer an issue

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When Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb on the first day of training camp, the goal immediately became making sure he was ready for the New York Giants season-opening game vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

With that Sept. 8 game just a few days away, the wide receiver is ready to go.

Shepard, who will be the Giants’ No. 1 wide receiver in 2019, said Monday that his thumb, which he has broken several times dating back to high school, is “feeling great” and he is no longer wearing any type of protection on it.

“To be honest, this feels a lot better than the past few times that I’ve broken it,” Shepard said. “This is probably one of the best breaks that I’ve experienced.”

Shepard spent much of camp continuing to practice, catching mostly with one hand while wearing a yellow non-contact jersey. He shed that in the days leading up to the final preseason game.

He isn’t worried about not having gotten any preseason action.

“I think, whether you have guys playing in the preseason, it’s a little different in the regular season, so we’ll get adjusted quickly,” Shepard said. “It’s been looking good at practice, so I feel like what you do at practice translates well to the field if you’re doing things the right way.”