Things have gotten heated at several joint practices across NFL training camps this week, and it happened again to the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants on Friday.
Pictures and video emerged of Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard and Browns cornerback Troy Hill squaring each other up. It wasn’t clear what led to the altercation, but punches were thrown before the two players were separated.
Photos from cleveland.com show Hill and Shepard both looking poised to throw punches. Hill appears to have tried, too, though it doesn’t look like he ever made contact.
This is far from the first scuffle to happen at a joint practice this week. This sort of thing happens every year here and there, but the flare-ups definitely seem more frequent in 2021 than they usually are.
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The New York Giants have suddenly become huge Philadelphia Eagles fans, but wide receiver Sterling Shepard has made it clear he is not going to get carried away.
The Giants kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. In order to qualify for the postseason with their 6-10 record, New York needs the Eagles to beat Washington on “Sunday Night Football.” Shepard said after his team’s win that he’ll be rooting hard for Philly, but you won’t catch him wearing any Eagles swag.
“I won’t be caught dead in an #Eagles hat, but I’ll be at home rooting for them tonight with my family,” Shepard said, per Matt Lombardo of Fansided.
We’re sure the rest of the Giants feel similarly. It’s unnatural to root for a division rival, but the G-Men have no choice in this instance.
If the Eagles do win, the Giants would become the first ever 10-loss NFL team to make the playoffs. They may have gotten a big assist from Mike McCarthy to even be in this position, as the Cowboys coach made a crucial mistake in Sunday’s game.
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The New York Giants said on Friday that Sterling Shepard had cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and was on track to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, but it appears the wide receiver has suffered a setback.
On Sunday, the Giants announced that Shepard has been ruled out for the game and is back in the concussion protocol. Head coach Pat Shurmur said Shepard was not feeling well when he arrived to work on Sunday morning.
Shepard suffered a concussion on Oct. 6 against the Minnesota Vikings, and he has missed New York’s past three games. That concussion was his second of the year. He was cleared by an independent neurologist on Friday, but the symptoms he reported on Sunday have landed him back in the protocol. He actually played through the first concussion, which prompted an investigation from the NFL and NFL Players Association.
Shepard is the Giants’ No. 1 receiver this year after Odell Beckham Jr. was traded to the Cleveland Browns. The 26-year-old has 25 catches for 267 yards and a touchdown in 2019. Hopefully he will be fully recovered from the head injury soon.
The New York Giants already stood little chance of defeating the New England Patriots on Thursday night, but the amount of injuries they are dealing with should make an upset pretty close to impossible.
On Wednesday, the Giants announced that they will be without almost every key offensive playmaker they have when they take on the Pats. Saquon Barkley has been ruled out as he continues to recover from an ankle injury, and primary backup running back Wayne Gallman will not play because of a concussion. Top wide receiver Sterling Shepard and breakout tight end Evan Engram will also be unable to suit up, as Shepard also has a concussion and Engram is battling a knee injury.
Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has provided the Giants with a spark since he took over for Eli Manning, but the odds were already stacked against him even if he had all of his weapons healthy. Bill Belichick is 17-5 all time coaching against rookie quarterbacks and has never lost a home game to one.
It looked like Barkley had a chance to return for Thursday’s game, but there is no reason for the Giants to rush him back no matter how good he has looked in practice. They would need a miracle to beat the Patriots in Foxboro, and they almost certainly understand that.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is back in the concussion protocol.
The wide receiver, who already suffered one concussion this season, was placed in the protocol when he showed up to the team facilities on Monday displaying concussion symptoms. His status for Thursday’s game is in serious doubt.
This would be Shepard’s second concussion in a month. Alarmingly, a lapse in the on-field policy meant he actually played through the first one. Given the severity of these head injuries and the fact that this is Shepard’s second of the season, we might not see him play for a while.
The 26-year-old receiver has 25 catches for 267 yards and a touchdown in 2019.
The NFL and NFLPA are taking another look at the league’s concussion protocols after New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard played through a head injury last Sunday.
Shepard suffered a concussion during last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys but finished the game anyway. That’s a failure of protocol and has prompted an investigation from the NFL and the players’ union.
Shepard’s concussion was serious enough that he’s already been ruled out for Week 2. The NFL has aggressively tried to be proactive about head injuries, so the fact that Sterling played through one despite all the protocols is a bad look.
The New York Giants dealt with numerous injuries to their wide receiver corps during the preseason, and those issues are now spilling over into meaningful games.
On Friday, the Giants announced that Sterling Shepard has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a concussion. Cody Latimer, who is dealing with a calf injury, is listed as questionable.
Shepard suffered a fractured thumb during training camp but was able to battle back to be available for Week 1, so the head injury is another example of the bad luck he has been having. Shepard is expected to step into the No. 1 receiver role in New York now that Odell Beckham Jr. is no longer with the team, and the Giants gave him a $41 million extension during the offseason.
The Giants are already without Corey Coleman, who suffered a torn ACL in practice back in July and will not play in 2019.
Shepard caught six passes on seven targets in the Giants’ Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The former second-round pick appeared in all 16 games last year and hauled in 66 passes for 872 yards and four touchdowns.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered a fractured thumb at practice on Thursday and will be week-to-week.
Shepard was holding his left hand after catching a pass at practice, according to Giants coach Pat Shurmur. He went for X-rays that revealed the fracture.
The team later announced that Shepard would be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
Shepard signed a four-year, $41 million extension with the Giants in April. He had 66 catches for 872 yards and 4 touchdowns last season. As a rookie in 2016, he had 65 catches for 683 yards and 8 touchdowns. He’ll be looked to as a key contributor with Odell Beckham Jr traded to Cleveland.
The New York Giants shipped out one wide receiver and are locking up another.
The Giants are giving receiver Sterling Shepard a four-year, $41 million contract extension. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the deal includes $21.3 million in guaranteed money.
Shepard had 66 catches for 872 yards and 4 touchdowns last season. As a rookie in 2016, he had 65 catches for 683 yards and 8 touchdowns. He’ll be looked to as a key contributor with Odell Beckham Jr traded to Cleveland.
Every year, we see NFL players across the league come into their own despite not having much of a track record. They can be all types; many are second- or third-year players who have matured and overcome injury or adapted to the NFL. There are others who were never highly-touted but find themselves in the right situation.
Each NFL team has breakout candidates. Here is a leading candidate from all of them.
Arizona Cardinals — Haason Reddick, LB
The 13th overall pick in last year’s draft flashed potential and appeared in all 16 games, but only started three of them. He still made an impact, with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the season. The Cardinals plan to move him to inside linebacker, where he’s been studying tape of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. That bodes well for a big year two breakout.
Atlanta Falcons — Austin Hooper, TE
Year three could be the one that sees Hooper mature into a big target at tight end. His numbers improved last season, as he caught 49 passes and scored three touchdowns. A more prominent role and regular playing time could await him in 2018 and make him a Matt Ryan favorite. He’ll just have to compete with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Atlanta’s talented running backs for touches.