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Evan Engram might be sidelined with MCL sprain [UPDATE]

iants tight end Evan Engram is dealing with a knee injury that might keep him out of Week 6. We break down the fantasy implications.

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s update 2:22 p.m.: The Giants wrapped up practice on Tuesday and tight end Evan Engram was given the limited designation, per SNY reporter Ralph Vacchiano. Head coach Pat Shurmur would not discuss his status, nor that of running back Saquon Barkley. When asked if the two would be game-time decisions, Shurmur simply said, “We’ll see.” That does not really bode well for Engram or Barkley, but I guess fantasy owners will have to wait and see how this shakes out. The upside is it’s the first game of the week rather than a late Sunday or Monday game.

The New York Giants face an uphill battle in Week 6 against the New England Patriots, and they are likely to be incredibly shorthanded for the game. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is unlikely to play due to a concussion and running back Saquon Barkley is still working his way back from a high ankle sprain. Now it looks like tight end Evan Engram might face long odds to play.

Engram was listed on the team’s estimated Monday practice participation report with a knee injury, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting it is a sprained MCL. Such an injury can cost a player multiple weeks depending on the severity of it. Considering the Giants are playing on a short week, it does not bode well for his chances in Week 6.

Fantasy football analysis, New York Giants TE Evan Engram

If Engram cannot go, Rhett Ellison takes over at tight end. Ellison is not a viable fantasy option. If Engram, Shepard, and Barkley are all sidelined, Daniel Jones will be down to Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, Jon Hilliman, and Elijhaa Penny, among others. Backup running back Wayne Gallman is also in the concussion protocol.

Suffice to say, things could get ugly on Thursday.