Just when it looked like the Giants would have their top four weapons — Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Evan Engram — available for the first time all season Monday night against the Eagles, Engram took a step back.
The tight end, who has missed the last three games with a foot injury, was trending toward a return with limited practices on Thursday and Friday before not practicing Saturday and being declared out.
“Made some progress, but not ready,” Engram said. “For what I’m asked to do, it requires a lot of explosiveness and obviously cutting. That’s what was kind of the deciding factor and that’s why I wasn’t ready in that aspect.”
Coach Pat Shurmur had said on Friday that Engram had experienced minimal soreness and “all indications are he will be ready to go.” But 24 hours later, there was another frustrating development for Engram, who has struggled to stay on the field early in his career.
“More adversity,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of it, seen enough of it and I’ll overcome it.”
Engram and Shurmur insisted there had been no setback. Engram couldn’t say whether he would definitely play again this season — though surgery is not on the table, he said — but he was disappointed about not being able to play with Eli Manning again Monday.
“Personally, that’s what hurts the most about not getting out there,” Engram said. “I was excited about the opportunity to get back out there with Eli and it sucks.”
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