Giants Injury Update | Evan Engram, Jon Halapio, Sterling Shepard Absent from Start of Practice

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Giants tight end Evan Engram was not at the start of Giants practice Wednesday during the part open to the media. 

Engram, who missed one game earlier this year due to a knee sprain, is dealing with what head coach Pat Shurmur described as a "little bit of a sore foot." The fact that Engram's injury kept off the field appears to suggest that his injury is a little more significant than just being "a little bit" of anything.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, an MRI of Engram's foot was sent to noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson for a second opinion.

Engram's availability Sunday appears to have taken an ominous turn. The Giants will likely have to add another tight end given that they only have two--Rhett Ellison and Kaden Smith--on the roster.

Starting center Jon Halapio, who had a rough outing last week and who has struggled this year, was also not present for the start of practice due to a hamstring injury. 

With Halapio sidelined, Spencer Pulley would likely be the next man up if Halapio can't go Sunday.  Head coach Pat Shurmur once referred to Pulley as the team's sixth starter. He is listed as the backup on the team's unofficial depth chart.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is back in the concussion protocol and was not on the field during practice.

There is a chance Shepard could end up on the injured reserve list. The Giants have one more "designated to return" card to use on a player placed on injured reserve and could use that on receiver Russell Shepard, who is eligible to return if he is healthy. 

The Giants activated cornerback Sam Beal from IR on Tuesday. The team has not announced who they are planning to designate for return from IR.