Report: MRI Confirms Giants’ Shepard Has Sprained Ankle

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It’s only a sprain.

The Giants received good news Friday when Sterling Shepard’s MRI showed the wide receiver had sprained his left ankle and bone bruise.

The second-year player was carted off the field Wednesday, stoking fears that he may have suffered a serious injury.

The injury happened during a drill in which he was running a hammer route, coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday.

Sterling Shepard

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard looks for yardage after making a catch against the Bears on Nov. 20, 2016, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

“He put his foot in the ground, and he rolled his ankle,” the coach said.

The use of the cart was precautionary.

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“At first I was pretty worried,” Shepard told reporters Friday. “I had never really rolled my ankle like that before, and I felt it pop, and that was the main thing that pretty much scared me.”

Shepard is in a walking boot and said he’s not sure how long he’ll be out. “I’m taking it day by day,” he said.

He called a report that he was apparently in tears after suffering the injury “an over-exaggeration” that scared his mother.

“It’s pretty amazing because you guys are two fields over (and) I had on a mirror visor,” Shepard said.

A second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2016, Shepard caught 65 passes for 683 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

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