The Giants could have desperately used Sterling Shepard in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Seahawks, but the wide receiver was ruled inactive with a sprained ankle after practicing — albeit limited — throughout the week.

So why didn't he play?

"After the Thursday practice, I kind of tweaked it during that practice and it kind of carried over to Sunday," he said on Tuesday. "I just didn't feel ready to go, didn't feel 100 percent to go."

Shepard said he plans to stick around the team facility during the bye week to continue getting treatment as he is itching to get back onto the field and become a leader of sorts among the receiving corps with Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall out for the season.