With another Giants injury report coming out Tuesday following practice, TE Evan Engram remained under the limited participant section. But he was set to go full speed for the first time to see if he could be available Thursday night against the Eagles.
Engram, who has been out for two games with a right MCL sprain, was looking forward to taking the field as he knew it could determine whether or not he can help his team win -- something they desperately need to stay in the NFC East hunt.
"Today's just a big day for me practice wise," Engram said before practice. "Just going to go out there and see how I feel going full speed and getting full speed reps. Been taking it day-by-day and it's a possibility, but we'll see going forward."
The Ole Miss product noted that he has been running at full speed on his own with the training staff, which involved cuts as well. The Giants, though, have a short week before getting a 10-day period that would allow Engram more time to heal instead of rushing back on the field.
But Engram doesn't see this full-speed test as being rushed. It's all about how his body feels.
"No, it's just based off how I feel and definitely being smart with it and that's a big component, but definitely just based off how I feel and today will be the first full speed day, so the diagnosis was two to four (weeks), but outside of that it's just based how I feel and kind of confidence I have in it," he said.
If Engram is cleared to don his No. 88 jersey on Thursday at MetLife Stadium, head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday he would "burn the ships," which is defined as playing whoever suits up no matter the circumstance. So, Engram could be thrown into the fire right away, and he welcomes that knowing he will be back on the field making a difference.
"I was just thankful and blessed that it wasn't any worse when it happened, so like I said, the diagnosis was two to four and it is kind of a burden for it to be a Thursday night game because it kind of sneaks up on us, but it's definitely a blessing just to be even in the conversation of getting back on the field," he said.
The Giants were a 63-yard field goal miss away from becoming 2-3 before Graham Gano launched the ball between the uprights to crush that hope. But, even at 1-4, the Giants have not played themselves from an NFC East title with the divison-leading Redskins at 2-2 and the Cowboys and Eagles both at 2-3.
That is why Engram realizes how big of a game Thursday is, especially against a division opponent.
"I'm kind of well aware. It's pretty wide open right now," he said about the division. "Thursday is a huge game for us and even the division games after that are huge. Every game is big, but definitely the division is wide open and we got a full plate ahead of us going forward and it's starting this Thursday."
Engram will hope he can start on Thursday, too.
As for the rest of the injury report, fellow TE Rhett Ellison (foot) was a limited participant as well. Ellison has been the Giants' main tight end with Engram on the sideline. Olivier Vernon was also limited.
Added to the injury report was LB Connor Barwin (knee) and WR Russell Shepard (neck), who both didn't participate.