Giants TE Evan Engram just can't catch a break, as he suffered a mid-foot sprain on Monday night against the Cowboys. As you might expect, he doesn't sound too optimistic he'll be available on Sunday.
"Not right n-, I mean, that's all [up to] trainers and coaches," Engram told reporters on Wednesday, cutting himself off when asked if he expects to be active.
"Take it this week and got the bye week next week and we'll see where we are."
So, though he may not say it directly, it looks like the Giants will be without their dynamic tight end against the Jets this Sunday.
Engram said the injury was a "low-grade sprain," and rehab -- not surgery -- was recommended for him. The results of his second opinion with Dr. Robert Anderson, which was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, will come after he examines Engram's test results.
"It could be a lot worse. The pictures were promising," Engram said.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said that he couldn't rule out a Lisfranc injury, which normally requires surgery. But the fact that Engram isn't seeing Dr. Anderson, like Saquon Barkley did with his high ankle sprain, is definitely promising in that regard.
Engram said the injury occurred in the third quarter on Monday against the Cowboys, and he battled through it in the fourth quarter before aggravating it a little more. The next morning, though, wasn't so fun.
"I don't know. It's kinda hard to see it on film," Engram explained. "I caught a ball and got tackled. I guess I got rolled up on and was fighting through it. Finished the game, and then kinda woke up next morning and it was pretty bad."
Engram has already missed one game this season, suffering an MCL sprain back in Week 5 against the Vikings. He couldn't play Thursday Night Football against the Patriots, but was back in action against the Cardinals in Week 7.
Still, the injury bug hasn't been kind to Engram since last season, when a plethora of injuries couldn't let him get in a groove.
"It's tough. Definitely hate missing time and hate not being out there playing football," he said.
But he knows this rehab process well. He's going to "attack" it, as he put it, so that he can return to help the team sooner rather than later.
"Yeah. But it's not my fault," he said when asked about the frustration of missing time. "It's a crazy game we play, things happen. I can attack my treatment, I can attack my recovery and continue to stay focused on those things I was doing and speed up my recovery time to get back out there as soon as possible."