News: 8 hours agoShepard suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Cowboys and will miss the remainder of the season, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: Just as the Giants had feared, Shepard fell victim to another significant lower-body injury in Monday's contest, after he had made a full recovery from the torn left Achilles' tendon he sustained last December to make it back for Week 1. The wideout will likely undergo surgery in the coming days, and even if he avoids any snags during the recovery process, his poor track record on the health front could make it difficult for the 29-year-old to earn meaningful guaranteed money on the open market when he hits free agency this offseason. With Shepard -- who led the Giants with 13 receptions for 154 yards through three games -- out of the picture, New York will have to hope that Wan'Dale Robinson (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) can overcome their own injuries to provide a needed lift to a struggling passing game, and it's possible Kenny Golladay could work his way back into the mix as well.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Injuries have been a problem for Shepard throughout his six-year career, but he finally seemed to be over the hump and blooming into a star late in 2020 and into early 2021. He finished 2020 with 9-77-1 and 8-112-1 receiving lines and opened last season with 7-113-1 and 9-94-0 lines. But then the injuries struck again, limiting Shepard to five games prior to yet another major setback -- a torn Achilles in Week 15. Shepard has seen at least six targets in 31 of his last 35 games (8.0 average), but he's also missed at least four games each of the last four seasons. Shepard has yet finish a season better than 30th in fantasy points and he's now 28 years old and coming off a major injury. Even when healthy, he'll be tough to count on and, thus, is best left on waivers.