Evan Engram
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New York Giants tight Evan Engram is reportedly unlikely to play this coming Thursday against the New England Patriots.

Another tough blow for Big Blue when it comes to the injury bug.

On Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that New York Giants tight end Evan Engram has a sprained MCL. This could keep Engram out of commission for the time being, which may include Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots.

It’s not confirmed he’ll be out, but Schefter says it’ll be a “challenge” for him.

Additionally, veteran wideout Sterling Shepard is projected to be out for Thursday. Shepard entered the concussion protocol for the second time this season on Monday after taking a hit in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Will the Giants also be without Saquon Barkley? It’s still yet to be confirmed if he’ll play. The star running back has been nursing a high ankle sprain but has returned to being a ‘limited participant‘ in practice.

However, Schefter reports that it’s “unlikely” he’ll suit up. We’re dealing with a superhuman though in Barkley, so who knows right now?

With these setbacks, the Giants will need the likes of Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, Darius Slayton, and Rhett Ellison to step up. If Barkley isn’t good to go, then running backs Jon Hilliman and Elijhaa Penny will have to man the running game. Wayne Gallman will most likely miss Thursday with a concussion as well.

The Giants will kick off against the Patriots on Thursday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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