Giants teammates emotional after Sterling Shepard's injury: 'That's tough to see'

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Sterling Shepard, a lifelong Giant who was putting his torn Achilles in the rearview to begin this season, went down with what appeared to be a non-contact knee injury at the very end of Monday’s loss to the Cowboys, and the veteran’s teammates didn’t hold back their emotions in potentially losing Shepard for extended time once again.

“It's just real tough to see that for sure,” Daniel Jones said. “A guy that works so hard, battling back from an injury last year. I feel for him as a teammate, a close friend. Yeah, that's tough to see.”

Shepard slowed his run after a Jones interception, and with nobody around him, suddenly grabbed his knee and fell to the turf, in obvious pain. He was carted off the field after players from both sides surrounded the well-liked veteran, who could have played his final snap with Big Blue after agreeing to void the final year of his contract.

“It hurt me when I saw him go down like that grabbing a knee,” Kenny Golladay said. “It still hurts. Almost choked me up a little bit to be totally honest. Just because I know, I've grown a relationship with him, and I know how much he's actually put in and how much he actually cares about it.”

Head coach Brian Daboll hoped to know more on Tuesday morning, but didn’t hide the fact that it didn’t look good for Shepard.

“Any time you lose a good player that has leadership qualities, there’s a void,” Daboll said. “I just feel terrible for the guy.”

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