Giants bring back Bennie Fowler, release Nate Stupar after costly mistake

There is always a cause-and-effect when players are re-signed at certain positions, and the Giants on Monday bringing back wide receiver Bennie Fowler is a strong indication they will be without the services of Sterling Shepard for a while.

Shepard did not play in last Thursday’s 35-14 loss to the Patriots after sustaining his second concussion of the season. Given the proximity of the incidents — his first came in the Week 1 loss to the Cowboys — Shepard will be monitored closely while he is in the concussion protocol. There is virtually no chance he plays in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium.

To make room for Fowler on the roster, the Giants terminated the contract of linebacker Nate Stupar. It was Stupar who was overpowered at the line of scrimmage by a running back, Brandon Bolden, on what became a blocked punt for the Patriots that was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. Stupar, on the team for his prowess on special teams, became expendable after that.

In the same game, undrafted rookie Jon Hilliman lost the ball on a fumble that the Patriots returned for a touchdown, and a day later, Hilliman was waived. So costly mistakes have consequences.

Hilliman is expected to be signed to the practice squad.

Fowler was released by the Giants on Oct. 1. He played in the first four games, with two starts — Golden Tate was sitting out a suspension the first four games — and had 12 receptions for 99 yards.

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