The New York Giants will be without tight end Evan Engram and linebacker B.J. Goodson when they take on the Chicago Bears.
It was expected that Engram wouldn’t be able to play on Sunday after being unable to practice all this week. Engram pulled his hamstring last Sunday in pregame warmups before the Eagles game.
It’s been a rough second season in the NFL for the former first-round selection. He suffered a concussion against the Jets in the preseason, sprained his knee in the Giants 27-22 Week 3 victory over the Houston Texans that caused him to miss three games, and now he’ll miss his second game in a row with a hamstring injury.
For the season, Engram has just 23 receptions for 257 yards and two touchdowns.
Rhett Ellison who had his most productive game of the season last week against the Eagles with four receptions for 77 yards, will start in place of Engram.
After being limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, the Giants ruled Goodson out on Friday.
Last week, Goodson had three tackles, but wasn’t on the field for the Eagles final drive when they drove the ball 50 yards on 10 plays and kicked the game-winning field goal. Tae Davis, who was also limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury, is expected to start in Goodson’s place.
Goodson is currently fifth on the team in tackles with 39.
Rookie linebacker Lorenzo Carter is listed as questionable with a hip injury, but the Giants are hopeful he can play on Sunday.
As of Friday, the Bears haven’t ruled anybody out of Sunday’s game, but starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is listed as doubtful with a right shoulder injury.