NY Giants Will Walk 'Fine Line' With Sterling Shepard

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmer said following Monday's practice they will walk a ‘fine line' while Sterling Shepard recovers from a fractured thumb.

“Any time we’re practicing, we have to be smart,” Shurmur told Newsday's Tom Rock. “That’s the fine line between trying to get your work in and being smart.”

Shepard, who signed a 4-year, $41M contract in the offseason, has been catching passes less two weeks removed from suffering the injury in the first practice of camp. Shepard has been wearing a yellow protective jersey, at times, forgetting it for team drills.

“The fact that he’s wearing a yellow jersey should alert you to the fact that you don’t touch him,” said Shurmur.

 “At this point, there have been a couple of times where he was tested, but he’s fine .  .  . He’s out there running routes. I think because of what it takes to play, he’s able to do those things.”

Shepard hopes to have the splint removed some this week. Shurmer has said the team doesn’t have a set timeline for his return.

The Giants open the regular season against Dallas Cowboys September 8.

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