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Evan Engram Diagnosed With MCL Sprain

New York Giants starting tight end Evan Engram was diagnosed with an MCL sprain, and is considered week-to-week, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Minutes after the report by Schefter, Art Stapleton of revealed that Engram’s MRI showed “no significant tears,” and four-to-six weeks “is the most accurate timetable” for a return.

Engram suffered the injury after getting tackled low by Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson on Sunday during his 19-yard reception. During said tackle, Jackson’s helmet caught Engram’s right knee, resulting in the tight end to retreat to the sidelines, where he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. After Sunday’s win, Engram was sporting a large brace on his right knee, as he awaited an MRI.

What Now?

Engram suffering just an MCL sprain is considered good news, as the injury could have been much worse. However, he could miss a decent amount of time, considering the standard recovery time from such a sprain. It’s all dependent on where Engram is at when undergoing treatment.

In his absence, Rhett Ellison will see increased playing time in Engram’s absence. Following Engram’s exit, Ellison caught all three targets thrown his way for 39 yards and a touchdown.

Scott Simonson will likely serve as the backup tight end behind Ellison. Garrett Dickerson could see himself promoted from the practice squad during Engram’s absence, if head coach Pat Shurmur decides to go that route.

Engram is not a prototypical tight end, but his six-three, 240 pound frame makes him a dangerous threat. For now though, Engram and the Giants will take it week-to-week to see how serious the sprain is. From there, they’ll determine an approximate time frame for his return.

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