The Monday Night Football game against Dallas was supposed to be the game where the New York Giants would come in with a fully loaded offense. Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate would help Daniel Jones in the passing game, Evan Engram would add an extra threat from the tight end position, and Saquon Barkley would have his first big performance since returning from injury – at least, that was the pipe dream.
In reality, the Giants were faced with a very different situation with Sterling Shepard still not playing. Shepard left concussion protocol and was set to make a comeback, but after not feeling well, entered protocol once again – Shepard is still not practicing, and due to the excess missed time, the calls for the Giants to finally shut Shepard down for the season and end the speculation of a comeback have only intensified.
Shepard isn’t the only player that was out in practice, though. Evan Engram is fighting injury again this year after being banged up in the Dallas game – in particular, it’s a foot injury, and it kept Engram out of practice on Wednesday.
“He has a little bit of a sore foot. I don’t have any details on that, we’ll just have to see as the week goes on and how he’ll do,” Pat Shurmur told the press about the matter.
An MRI of Giants’ TE Evan Engram’s foot injury is being sent to noted Dr. Robert Anderson for a second opinion, per source. Giants’ HC Pat Shurmur called it “little bit of a sore foot” yesterday, and for now, Engram’s status is uncertain.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 6, 2019
Considering it’s already mid week and Engram hasn’t returned to practice, it seems his status against the Jets in week ten is in question. The next couple of days will likely decide whether the tight end plays or not, but with Shepard out, there will definitely be some pressure for Engram to take the field – losing two offensive weapons won’t help a Giants offense that was already outmatched by the Dallas defense on Monday.
Some of the failures for the Giants this season have been because of lack of talent or bad coaching, but some of them seemingly are because of bad luck and maybe even bad conditioning – not a week goes past, seemingly, without negative injury news about a major player for the team.