Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard fractured his left thumb last week, but he's apparently already making strides towards a full return to action.
On Friday, Shepard participated in team drills. Initially, he was not wearing the yellow no-contact jersey, as he caught passes from from Eli Manning during 11-on-11 drills. Shepard was even seen catching a pass with both hands, where he had been using only his right hand in drills since the injury.
Later in practice, though, Shepard was seen wearing the no-contact jersey once again.
Shepard broke his left thumb last Thursday while catching a pass from Manning. Since the injury, Shepard has taken an optimistic approach when discussing his return.
"I was pretty relieved [the thumb was not dislocated]," Shepard said last week. "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.
The Giants wide receivers corps has been making headlines for the wrong reasons since camp began, as Golden Tate was suspended for PED usage and Corey Coleman was lost for the season with a torn ACL.