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Giants WR Sterling Shepard Playing in Pain After Having a Cyst on His Back Removed

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard told the Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News on Thursday that he played through significant discomfort during last week’s loss to the Saints — when Shepard caught 10 passes on 10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown, plus a two-point conversion — well aware of an upcoming surgery to remove a cyst on his back early this week.

“Did I play through some pain? I mean, yeah. Yup. I played through it,” Shepard said Thursday. “I knew I was gonna get it removed after the game, so I just kind of had to (push) through it.”

Shepard was a full participant in Thursday’s practice after riding the bike Wednesday, but he also was pretty honest about his body. He said in the immediate aftermath of the surgery he is still in discomfort, which is typical post-surgery after anesthesia has worn off. And he was tentative committing to Sunday, although he was leaping for catches early in practice, too.

“Uh, yup. Looking good,” Shepard said of Sunday. “(We’ll) see how the rest of the week goes … I wouldn’t say (I feel) perfectly fine. I’m getting back to myself, though.”

Shepard admitted this is unusual because it’s not the typical injury or recovery, like a swollen ankle. He said “it is different, but I don’t really know much about it.” The surgery came about because “I guess I’ve been having it for a while, it just started bothering me and I told them about it, and we went from there.”

“We’ll just see how it goes,” Shepard added, willing to bandage the incision or do whatever he has to in order to play Sunday. “Just gotta do it. Sometimes that’s how it goes.”

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