The New York Giants have five big losses this Sunday, as they prepare to take on the New Orleans Saints. Can they survive?
Not great news for the Giants this Sunday.
On Friday, head coach Pat Shurmur spoke to the media and listed the Big Blue inactive for their matchup against the Saints this weekend.
OLB Olivier Vernon (ankle), CB Eli Apple (groin), WR Cody Latimer (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) and TE Evan Engram (knee) all OUT for Sunday’s game vs. Saints. Vernon is a big blow after practicing in a limited capacity Wednesday-Thursday.
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This will be Latimer, Engram and Stewart’s first missed game of the year. Apple will miss his second straight game.
Vernon, on the other hand, will miss his fourth straight game. The linebacker suffered a high ankle sprain in the preseason and has been week-to-week thus far. He practiced this week for the Giants on Wednesday and Thursday, however, was limited. Now it has been decided he’ll miss his fourth straight game.
Each loss is a big loss for the Giants. Engram totaled 10 receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown before suffering an MCL sprain last week in a win vs the Houston Texans. He’ll be out at least a few more weeks before getting back onto the field.
Apple, who is also week-to-week with a groin injury, had a grade of 78.6 on Pro Football Focus before going down, ranking 9th out of all cornerbacks in the NFL. Latimer was quietly solidifying himself as a reliable third-string receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. And Stewart, although not producing great numbers, is a big back who can be reliable in short-yardage situations for the G-Men.
The Giants are home this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, kicking off at 4:25 pm EST. These injured Giants, of course, won’t be dressing, but players, staff and fans are hoping they’ll all be back on the field as soon as possible.