Sterling Shepard's yellow non-contact jersey in practice has not necessarily stopped the wide receiver from taking a few hits, but he's ready to get rid of it any way.
The 26-year-old, who broke the tip of his thumb the first day of training camp, said on Tuesday that he is hoping to be a full participant in practice soon.
"I'm getting to the edge of that. It's time to take it off," Shepard said of his yellow pinnie. "It's for precautionary reasons, and I'm going with what the trainers want. The ultimate goal is to get to that first (regular-season) game, for sure."
Shepard still has a splint on his thumb, but noted that the last time he broke his thumb he had to wear a cast that covered most of his arm and lost some of his strength, which helps allow him to do more.
However, he is still susceptible to further injury if players do not abide by the non-contact jersey. Per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com, Shepard took a hit from DeAndre Baker after a red-zone catch.
"It felt fine," Shepard said. "If I hit it real hard, it reminds me that it is broken. I try to catch it just with one hand and keep it at that, but instincts kick in from time-to-time and I throw up two (hands)."
Head coach Pat Shurmur defended putting Shepard out there with the first-team offense and Shepard backed up his coach's decision.
"My thumb is broken, but my legs aren't," Shepard said. "It's good for me to get the time in with Eli [Manning] and keep it fresh."
The Giants play their first preseason game on Thursday against the Jets, but Shepard's focus remains on getting healthy for Week 1.
"We've got another X-ray coming up here pretty soon to see how it's healing," he said. "It's a lot better than the previous times I've broken it."