In late August, the New York Giants announced that starting tight end Evan Engram suffered a calf injury in the team’s preseason finale. Although he hasn’t officially been ruled out for the Giants 2021 opener this weekend, a foreboding update was given on Thursday.
According to Ian Rapoport, Engram did not practice this morning due to his lingering calf injury. That casts even further doubt on the 27-year-old being able to play on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Engram is set to enter his fifth year in the NFL and with the Giants, so the delay will surely be frustrating for him. He hasn’t quite met the expectations set out for him in New York, so 2021 was shaping up to be an important season for the former first-round pick.
It remains unclear exactly how serious the injury is, but it looks like Engram will have to wait to make his yearly debut.
#Giants TE Evan Engram (calf) did not practice today, another sign that he’s trending toward not playing on Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2021
Engram played his first full year in the NFL in 2020, making 14 starts for the Giants throughout the regular season. He caught 63 passes for 654 yards, ranking second on the team in receptions and third in yards, and scored two total touchdowns.
Despite the solid 2020 campaign, Engram hasn’t been able to match the totals that he put up during his rookie year in New York. He set a rookie franchise record that season with six touchdown catches and looked to be well worth the first round pick that the Giants spent on him.
Since then, Engram struggled to keep up with the franchise’s expectations and an injury to start the 2021 season will be just the latest frustration. Time will tell when the Giants tight end is able to get back on the field.