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Giants’ Evan Engram ruled out for Thursday night matchup at Washington, Saquon Barkley questionable

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The New York Giants are on a short week after dropping their season opener to the Denver Broncos, and they could be without several notable players when they face the Washington Football Team on Thursday night. On Wednesday, the Giants officially ruled out tight end Evan Engram (calf), offensive guard Shane Lemieux (knee) and linebacker Cam Brown (hamstring). To make matters worse, star running back Saquon Barkley has been listed as questionable with a knee injury. 

Engram missed the season opener with his calf injury, and apparently hasn’t recovered enough just yet to feel comfortable with suiting up. He made his first Pro Bowl last season after catching 63 passes for 654 yards and one touchdown, but Daniel Jones will again have to rely on Kaden Smith and Kyle Rudolph at tight end this week.

Lemieux is another worrisome issue, as he is New York’s starting left guard. He played 17 snaps against Denver, but was clearly limited by his knee injury. He being sidelined isn’t ideal, as the Giants face arguably the best defensive line in the NFL this week.

As for Barkley, this is an important situation to watch moving forward. He had reportedly been fully cleared by doctors after tearing his ACL last year, but the Giants are being careful when it comes to easing him back in. Barkley has been a limited participant in practice all week, and played just 29 snaps in the season opener. He rushed 10 times for 26 yards.


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