Johnson ruptured his Achilles tendon during Wednesday’s training, according to the team. The big receiver (6 feet 6, 220 pounds) from the University of Texas has been receiving reps from the first team in recent weeks while training with Kadarius Tony And Sheppard is among those on the sidelines.
Coach Brian Dabol had noted earlier in the week that Johnson and fellow wide receiver David Sales They were making a strong impression. Johnson started Sunday with a pre-season win over the Cincinnati Bengals and had three receptions for 41 yards; Sells had five catches for 56 yards, and most of the damage was from the first string offense.
“Colin Johnson, David Sales, they really got up their game,” Daboll said. “And they are right in the mix, not just to make a team but to play.”
Meanwhile, Shepherd was on his way back from an Achilles rupture he suffered last December. He returned to training for the first time on Wednesday since the injury.
“It felt great, man,” said Shepherd, who snuck through some reps during live rehearsals and even managed to get a 20-yard pass from behind the middle. Tyrod Taylor. “Just getting back on the field, it’s a blessing. Especially when you’ve had an injury like that and you’ve been on the sidelines for a long time watching these guys chase it. You have to take every day and cherish them because you never know when you’re going to have to sit for that long.”
It’s been eight months and five days since Shepherd tore his Achilles. He is the longest-held Giant and has 349 catches for 3,884 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career, all in New York.
Shepherd’s return made it seem as though the Giants were actually much healthier in the position. Tony, Board and Slayton participated in the early parts of Wednesday’s training.
But Tony was seen holding the back of his leg during practice, and Johnson and Marcus Kemp (hamstring) was seriously injured. Both Johnson and Kemp landed on an injured reserve later in the day.
Johnson, 24, has 29 catches for 377 yards in 26 career games with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Giants. He made his mark with the Giants last year as a minder.
But this summer he seemed to take his game to the next level. He was playing consistently throughout training camp, which earned him the confidence of the starting quarterback Daniel Jones Some representatives of the first team.
Johnson even had 10 catches for 123 yards in his first two preseason games this season. With Tony continuing to be battered and Shepherd returning from a serious injury, it looked like Johnson could start – or at least play a significant role – his first week against the Tennessee Titans. Instead, his season came to an early end.