Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Friday he isn't too concerned about the broken thumb that is sidelining wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
Shepard fractured his left thumb during the Giants' first practice of training camp Thursday when he reached down to catch a low pass from quarterback Eli Manning. Shepard missed the rest of the session, and X-rays later revealed the fracture. The injury is to the tip of the thumb, the New York Post reported.
Shepard will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, but Shurmur said he expected him to be back on the practice field running Friday and expressed optimism that the 26-year-old wideout will be available for the regular-season opener Sept. 8 at Dallas. The injury will not require surgery.
Shepard is expected to step into the No. 1 receiver role this season after the Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in March. Big Blue signed Shepard to a four-year, $41 million contract over the offseason.
In his first three seasons, Shepard, a second-round draft pick by the Giants in 2016, has caught 190 passes for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The early day of training camp have not been kind to the Giants' receiving corps. In addition to the Shepard injury, the Giants also lost Corey Coleman to a season-ending torn ACL on Thursday.
The Giants' depth chart at wide receiver also includes Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, Alonzo Russell, Brittan Golden and Da’Mari Scott. The team is planning to work out former Panthers and Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and rookie Flynn Nagel from Northwestern.