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Evan Engram ruled out vs. Patriots with calf injury in final preseason game

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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram will not play in his team’s final preseason game against the New England Patriots due to a calf injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday evening.

The severity of the calf injury has yet to be revealed, but with it being the preseason, it’s probably safe to assume this is just a precaution.

Engram is coming off of his first Pro-Bowl season, tallying 63 receptions last season with the Giants.

Behind Engram at tight end on the Giants’ depth chart are Kyle Rudolph (former Minnesota Viking that the Giants signed to a two-year, $12 million deal this offseason), Jake Hausmann and Kaden Smith, who currently has two receptions at halftime of the preseason game, which the Giants lead 7-6 as this story is being written.

If New York maintains their slight lead over New England, they will finish the preseason 1-2. Their opening game of the regular season will be against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 4:25 p.m. EST. They will aim to improve on last season’s 6-10 record (second in the NFC East), and ideally avoid going 0-5 in their first five games of the season like they did last year and in three of the past eight seasons.