Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard will reportedly enter the concussion protocol ahead of their Week 2 matchup.

Not great news for the New York Giants after they were just defeated by the Dallas Cowboys 35-17 on Sunday.

Per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, wide receiver Sterling Shepard has been diagnosed with a concussion. This would make it “highly unlikely” that he’ll play this coming Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

During a conference call on Monday, per Schwartz, head coach Pat Shurmur noted that “Shepard may be dealing with a concussion.”

“He’s getting tested. He has to go through some of the testing,” Shurmur said. “It appears he might be in the protocol here. Each guy is different, as you know. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”

Now, fans have received the news they hoping they wouldn’t receive.

With Shepard most likely not playing this weekend, the Giants will miss their top-two receivers for their game in Buffalo. Receiver Golden Tate will be undergoing the second of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL‘s substance policy.

This would mean Bennie Fowler III and Russell Shepard could be getting more opportunities in the passing game, along with Cody Latimer. The latter started the game on Sunday against the Cowboys.

Tight end Evan Engram may also be used even more. This would be a big workload for Engram, who just caught 11 balls for 116 yards and a touchdown this past weekend.

Shepard caught six balls on seven targets for 42 yards during the loss in Dallas.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.