Sheppard's stay with Jets may be coming to an end
INDIANAPOLIS - The most noticeable thing about Lito Sheppard yesterday was his absence.
And now the former Eagles cornerback is probably about to disappear from the New York Jets' roster.
After starting the Jets' previous eight games, Sheppard was benched by coach Rex Ryan in the team's 30-17 AFC championship loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Second-year cornerback Dwight Lowery started in Sheppard's place and had more than his share of problems tracking the Colts' receivers.
"I knew about it at the beginning of the week - Wednesday, when we got in" to practice, Sheppard said. "It was obviously a big surprise."
And a big disappointment, similar in nature to the end of his tenure with the Eagles when he went from Pro Bowl starter to the fourth cornerback behind Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown, and Joselio Hanson.
"I've been through this situation before," Sheppard said. "I didn't think it would happen again, but we'll see how it goes."