Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wideout Sterling Shepard and cornerback Corey Ballentine have both cleared the concussion protocol.

The New York Giants will most likely be returning their top receiver and one of their reserve defensive backs this coming Monday.

Per Art Stapleton of USA Today, Sterling Shepard and Corey Ballentine have cleared the concussion protocol. Shepard had missed the previous three games with the injury, while Ballentine missed the last two.

Shepard has missed four games thus far in 2019, stemming from two separate concussions. His initial trip to the protocol sidelined him in the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The second protocol experience came when he showed symptoms the morning after the Week 5 loss to Minnesota.


Shepard missed the losses to the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, and Detroit Lions.

In his absence, Daniel Jones‘ top targets have been Golden Tate, Evan Engram, and rookie Darius Slayton. The latter caught two balls for 50 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s defeat at the hands of the Lions.

In four games this year, Shepard has caught 25 balls for 267 yards and a touchdown.

The last two matchups were the first pair of missed appearances for Ballentine in his still-young career. The rookie played in each of the team’s initial six games. Ballentine has mostly worked as a kick returner, having racked up nine returns for a total of 237 yards.

New York is currently preparing for their Week 9 home matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. The NFC East rivals are set to kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday night.

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