When New York Giants tight end Evan Engram left a week 10 matchup against the Jets, it was thought that he just tweaked his foot, but a mid-foot sprain was revealed after the game concluded.
Engram has been a force on offense, when active, but injuries continue to plague his career, forcing the offense to adapt and rely on options like Rhett Ellison and Scott Simonson, who was recently re-signed.
Through three seasons, Engram has not played in all 16 games, in fact, he has missed a total of 15 games since his inception in the league. That’s nearly an entire year’s worth of games the Giants have had to compensate for.
The New York Giants will likely be without their top tight end:
With Big Blue preparing to face off against the Chicago Bears on Sunday in week 12, the expectation is that Engram will miss the contest after failing to practice on Wednesday morning. The recovery time for the sprain was a scheduled 2-4 weeks, but Engram stated he was ahead of schedule to return earlier in the week. That statement has yet to come to fruition, and having the BYE week should have given him ample time to heal.
“[A return] this week, towards the end of this week, that’s the plan. Just keep building on that,” Engram said. “It’s definitely possible, I feel good. We’ll see where we’re at (in the) middle to the end of this week. I’m staying locked in in meetings, game plans and stuff like that, that’s very important as well. I think as long as I stay prepared mentally and continue to do what I do with my foot, I could be ready to go.”
If the pass-catching tight end is unable to go on Sunday, Ellison will get the start in his place. It will also indicate that Engram could miss more time than previously anticipated. With the Giants sitting at 2-8 on the season, there is no rush for Engram to return. Ensuring he’s 100% healthy should be the priority.