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The New York Giants reportedly could shut down Sterling Shepard for the remainder of the season due to his current concussion.

The New York Giants‘ No. 1 wideout has had a very limited 2019 campaign up to this point. This past Sunday, Sterling Shepard missed his fourth consecutive game and fifth this season. The fourth-year pro has been battling a concussion and has been in and out of the protocol.

So when exactly will the veteran return to full health and thus step back onto the game field? Well, there’s a possibility that it may not be until next year. According to Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post, the Giants may shut down Shepard for the remainder of 2019.

This would most likely lead to Big Blue placing him on season-ending injured reserve to clear a roster spot.

Shepard was sent to Pittsburgh for further evaluation of the setback this week. He was originally cleared from the protocol and was going to play this past Monday against the Dallas Cowboys. However, symptoms returned over the weekend, which prompted the Giants to ultimately rule him out.

In his absence, the Giants and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones have relied on Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram in the passing game. The latter is expected to miss the team’s upcoming matchup with the New York Jets due to a mid-foot sprain.

Thus far in 2019, Shepard has caught 25 balls for 267 yards and a touchdown in four games. His lone score came in a Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccanneers.

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