Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard will miss time due to a thumb injury, but is eyeing a return by the team's season opener.
Shepard broke his left thumb on Thursday while catching a pass from Eli Manning. While preferring a healthy hand, Shepard took an optimistic approach when discussing the injury on Saturday.
"I was pretty relieved [the thumb was not dislocated]," Shepard said. "Now, I give myself a shot to be able to play Week 1. I'm just doing what they're telling me to do, but I'm confident I'll be able to make it."
Shepard said he was completing a curl route when the injury took place.
"The ball just hit the tip of my finger. I knew right away that I broke it. I've broken this thumb before, so I knew what it felt like. At first, I thought I jammed it pretty bad, but it turned out to be broken," Shepard said.
Along with Shepard, the Giants are down Corey Coleman for the entire season due to a torn ACL. Golden Tate's status is now up in the air too, as he's appealing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league's PED policy.
In response to the rash of losses, the Giants signed TJ Jones and Amba Etta-Tawo on Saturday.
With Odell Beckham Jr. out of the pitcher, Shepard lists at the top of the Giants' wideout depth chart heading into the upcoming season.
The 2016 second-round pick signed a four-year, $41 million contract extension with the Giants with $21.3 million guaranteed in April.
The Giants will visit the Dallas Cowboys for their season opener.