Russell Shepard
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The New York Giants have placed veteran receiver Russell Shepard on injured reserve after a foot sprain put him in doubt this week.

Big Blue has made some roster moves ahead of their Week 4 home game against the Washington Redskins.

On Thursday, the New York Giants decided to place veteran wide receiver Russell Shepard on injured reserve. Shepard was doubtful to play this coming Sunday due to a foot sprain, one he suffered during Week 3’s win in Tampa Bay. He’s mostly been a special teams asset for New York this season.

 

Through the first three games of the year, Shepard has three receptions for 25 yards and zero touchdowns. He played in 12 games for the Giants last season, catching 10 balls on 19 targets for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants have also signed Jon Hilliman off the practice squad. This comes after Saquon Barkley’s high ankle sprain diagnosis, which will reportedly sideline him for 4-8 weeks. It also comes after the Giants worked out multiple free-agent backs this week, such as Benny Cunningham and Fozzy Whittaker.

Hilliman previously played college ball at both Boston College and at Rutgers University. Through 11 games in his lone season at Rutgers (2018), he rushed for 337 yards on 4.1 yards-per-carry for six touchdowns. He also caught 12 balls for 92 yards.

The rookie played in each of the Giants’ four preseason games, carrying the ball 25 times for 80 yards (3.2 yards-per-carry) and two touchdowns. He additionally racked up six receptions on seven targets for 36 yards.

Hilliman may get some time this coming Sunday, as the only other backs on the active roster are Wayne Gallman and Elijhaa Penny. The latter is technically in more of a fullback role.

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