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Giants injury news: Evan Engram says he “dodged a bullet” with foot injury

Tight end says he has a sprain, not a Lisfranc injury

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The New York Giants were without a pair of starters on Wednesday in their first practice before facing the New York Jets this Sunday.

Tight end Evan Engram and center Jon Halapio both missed Wednesday's practice.

Engram told reporters on Wednesday that he has a “low-grade foot sprain.” It’s the left foot, in case you’re wondering.

Engram said it is not the dreaded Lisfranc injury.

“It could be a lot worse, I guess around the Lisfranc area,” he said. “Yhat was the worry, that there was a real severe injury there. It’s not that bad. I don’t know all the medical terms, but it could be a lot worse.”

The Giants sent MRI images to Dr. Robert Anderson, a noted foot specialist, for a second opinion.

“It could be a lot worse. The pictures were promising, there is an injury there but it’s not bad,” Engram said. “There’s surgery, there’s months of rehab that come with a really bad injury like this. I got lucky and dodged a bullet.”

Engram made it sound as though he wouldn’t be playing Sunday, although there was no official word on that.

“We’ll take it this week and we have the bye week next week and see where we are,” Engram said. “It’s tough, I definitely hate missing time, I hate not being out there playing football. It’s out of my control, so I just have to control what I can and get back as soon as I can.”

Halapio has a hamstring injury. Spencer Pulley is the backup center.