The team has already ruled out right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle) as well as linebackers B.J. Goodson (shin) and J.T. Thomas (groin). The team also lists starting corner Janoris Jenkins (ankle) as “questionable” for the game.
#NYGvsPHI Injury Report:— New York Giants (@Giants) September 22, 2017
(OUT) LB Goodson (shin), T Hart (ankle), LB Thomas (groin)
(Questionable) CB Jenkins (ankle)
Jenkins will, reportedly, test his injured ankle in Saturday’s practice.
Janoris Jenkins non-committal on his status for Sunday. He said he got x-ray/MRI this week and got good news that the injury wasn't serious.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 22, 2017
The best news for the Giants is that star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) is off the injury report, though he was still “limited” in practice. Also in the “good news” column, tight end Evan Engram is off the injury report, as is linebacker Keenan Robinson.
Both players were in the concussion protocol.
Engram has been the Giants biggest (and, for the most part, only) offensive threat in Beckham’s absence, playing him in-line, in the slot, in the backfield, and split out wide.
The Giants will also be glad to get Robinson back. With Goodson out, Robinson could take over as the middle linebacker. Robinson’s strength is in coverage — important against Zach Ertz — and with a full year in the defense, he likely has a stronger command than rookie Calvin Munson.
While the Giants will have to deal with some important injuries, namely Goodson and Jenkins, they are likely elated to have Beckham and Engram off the injury report.