Two of the best playmakers for the New York Giants will not be available this weekend against the New York Jets. Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard have both been ruled out.
Engram suffered a foot injury on Monday against the Dallas Cowboys. Although he’ll avoid any major surgery, the third-year tight end is in a walking boot.
Shepard, the former Oklahoma star, is dealing with a trickier situation. He missed several games due to a concussion, cleared protocol, and then re-entered it due to concussion-like symptoms.
Head coach Pat Shurmur said the team isn’t going to place Shepard on injured reserve at the moment. Nonetheless, it’s a situation worth monitoring closely for the next few weeks.
In addition to Engram and Shepard being out for this weekend, the Giants also announced that center Jon Halapio will not suit up.
Here’s the full injury report from the Giants:
#NYGiants Game Status
Out: WR Sterling Shepard (concussion), TE Evan Engram (foot), C Jon Halapio (hamstring)
Doubtful: RT Mike Remmers (back)
— New York Giants (@Giants) November 8, 2019
Not having Evan Engram or Sterling Shepard makes life more challenging for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. On the other hand, he still has enough weapons at his disposal with Saquon Barkley, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton all ready for this Sunday.
The Giants have their bye week after this weekend’s clash with the Jets, which means Engram and Shepard should have ample time to recover from their injuries.