Giants WR Sterling Shepard has missed the past two games with a concussion, and that trend looks like it's going to continue on Sunday.
Head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters on Thursday that there is a "strong possibility" Shepard will not suit up for Big Blue against the Lions.
Shurmur noted on Tuesday that Shepard has basically been practicing in full. However, he is still in the concussion protocol, and can't be upgraded from non-contact until he clears all his tests. Right now, it appears he's still having trouble doing so.
Shepard sustained the concussion during the Giants' loss to the Vikings in Week 5, marking his second concussion of the season. He also suffered one against the Cowboys in Week 1.
Granted Saquon Barkley -- who is dealing with "game soreness" as Shurmur put it -- plays on Sunday, Shepard is the only player from the starting offense that won't be out there again for the Giants. Daniel Jones and the rest of the offense could certainly use his skills in the receiving game, but two concussions that close in time is never good. The Giants would rather be safe than sorry with their No. 1 receiver.
In the meantime, Golden Tate will take over as the team's leading receiver if Shurmur does make the official call on Friday to sit Shepard out. He saw 11 targets and six catches against the Cardinals, taking it for 80 yards. The week prior against the Pats, he had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, so Jones certainly likes to look the veteran's way.
Giants fans have been waiting to see what Tate and Shepard would look like with Jones, but it seems like they'll have to wait another week at the moment.