Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Once again, the New York Giants are experiencing a setback at the wide receiver position.

On Friday, the team announced that they’ll be without veteran Sterling Shepard for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Shepard entered the concussion protocol this week and hasn’t participated in team practice. It was initially unlikely that he would play on Sunday. The Giants’ announcement has made it official.

Shepard had six receptions on seven targets for 42 yards in the 35-17 Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants will now be without numerous receivers for Sunday.

Golden Tate will be serving the second of his four-game suspension. Darius Slayton will also be out with a hamstring injury. Corey Coleman has been out since training camp and will continue to be out all year with a torn ACL.

If Cody Latimer doesn’t play (questionable with a calf injury), the Giants would be depleted at the receiver position. Big Blue would then have to rely on the likes of Russell Shepard, Bennie Fowler III, Cody Core, and the recently-re-signed TJ Jones.

If there are two things to expect out of the Giants offense in Week 2, it’s one, that Evan Engram will see a ton of targets, and two, that Saquon Barkley will garner the lion’s share of touches.

Engram had 11 catches on 14 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in Dallas. Barkley, on the other hand, racked up 120 yards on 11 carries (10.9 yards-per-carry) with four receptions for 19 yards through the air.

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