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Giants tight end Evan Engram out for Week 13 vs. Bears

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The New York Giants are set for a difficult matchup ahead in Week 13 against the surging Chicago Bears, who have proven themselves to be a contender in the NFC.

Beating the Bears has become an even bigger hill to climb with second-year tight end Evan Engram being declared out for the contest due to a lingering hamstring injury, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Engram didn’t make it that close to kickoff before being ruled out this week. The Giants announced on Friday that Engram will not play against the Bears after missing practice all week.

Engram suffered the injury during warmups prior to last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The hope was that he could potentially play this week, but he has been unable to show enough on the practice field over the last few days. This has instead led the team to take the precautionary route with the entire situation as he’s dealing with an injury that could persist if not handled properly.

Engram has been limited to just seven games played this season where he has hauled in 23 receptions on 33 targets for 257 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He has totaled more than 50 receiving yards just twice while failing to crack 30 receiving yards on four occasions in the 2018 campaign.

Those numbers are a notable drop off from his strong rookie campaign where he had 64 receptions for 722 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 15 games played.

In his absence, the Giants will likely lean more heavily in the passing game on star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and standout running back Saquon Barkley, while backup tight end Rhett Ellison will draw the start.

New York has played better as of late despite seeing their two-game winning streak snapped last Sunday against the Eagles.