New York Giants tight end Evan Engram sprained the MCL in his right knee in Sunday’s victory over the Houston Texans.

Engram’s injury was confirmed by head coach Pat Shurmur Monday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the second-year player is considered week-to-week.

Engram was injured when he was hit by Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson after a 19-year reception on a play-action pass from Eli Manning. He limped off the field after the catch, his only reception in the 27-22 Giants win.

He was checked by trainers and did some light sprints along the sideline after the injury. It appeared as if he might return to the game. The Giants listed him as questionable before the decision to keep him out for the remainder of the game.

Engram said something just “didn’t feel right”. He was seen wearing a bulky brace on his right knee after the game.

Engram underwent an MRI Monday to determine the extent of his injury. A major MCL or ACL tear would have cost him the remainder of the season and possibly beyond. Surgery is not needed but the typical recovery time is three to four weeks.

This means Engram would not be available until after the Giants’ Week 9 bye though an earlier return cannot be ruled out.

He refused to blame Jackson for the hit even though fans on social media believed it to be a dirty play. Jackson also caught the ire of Giants fans when he lowered his helmet and hit running back Saquon Barkley on his first rushing attempt of the game.

Engram was replaced by Rhett Ellison. Ellison, who is known more for his blocking than catching, had three receptions on three targets for 39 yards and a touchdown to put the Giants ahead 20-3 before halftime.

With Engram out of the lineup, Ellison is elevated to the starter’s role and Scott Simonson moves into the No. 2 spot. Simonson had a career high in number of snaps played (16) after Engram’s injury.

This is a serious blow to a Giants offense that looked in sync for the first time this season against Houston. Engram is a pass-catching threat down the field, a skill Ellison and Simonson aren’t as proficient at. He has 10 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown this season.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.


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