Sterling Shepard suffered an Achilles injury tear during Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, ending his season and possibly his tenure with the New York Giants.
The sixth-year wide receiver was initially listed as questionable with a lingering calf injury and collapsed with a non-contact leg injury late in the fourth quarter of the 21-6 loss. He immediately clutched his left leg and was taken off the field on a cart. The Giants confirmed after the game that he had torn his Achilles.
A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Shepard has played his entire career in New York. He's owed $8.5 million in salary next season if the Giants retain him and could be a candidate for release with the team looking to feature first-round rookie Kadarius Toney and veteran Kenny Golladay, who will enter the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract he signed in the offseason. Shepard is the only player drafted by the Giants on the current roster who's played in a playoff game with the team.
The long-term recovery from an Achilles tear would be a tough blow to Shepard's free agency if the Giants release him.