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Evan Engram to undergo foot surgery

Tight end says injury “just didn’t get better”

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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram, placed on IR this week as a lingering foot injury failed to heal the w3ay it was hoped, will undergo surgery on Friday morning.

Engram told reporters on Wednesday that Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the surgery with the hope of “putting stability back in my foot.”

Up until now, the injury had been termed a mid-foot sprain. Wednesday, Engram elaborated.

“It’s not a full Lisfranc injury, but the ligament is still not healed correctly,” he said. “There’s a little bit of space so they are going to put, from my knowledge, joints back to together to let that ligament heal properly and kind of stabilize the joints so the ligament is not stretched.”

Engram said a recovery time “is kind of up in the air right now.”

“Just going to take it how it is, and I’ll be back when I’m back,” he said.

Engram did add that he fully expects to be ready when 2020 training camp begins.

Engram finished the season with 44 receptions in eight games. He last played in Week 9 and had been practicing as much as possible in an effort to return.

“It just didn’t get better,” Engram said. “It was a tough injury, a tricky injury, and that joint is really important in my foot, just how I’m learning how my foot is structured. It just didn’t get better. This is kind of a safety thing future wise why I’m getting this procedure done.”

Engram will be entering his fourth season in 2020. Before the season begins the Giants must decide whether or not to pick up his fifth-year option.

One positive development with Engram and Rhett Ellison (concussion) sidelined in recent weeks is that rookie tight end Kaden Smith has impressed. Smith has 17 receptions in seven games since the Giants claimed him on waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, 16 of those in the past four weeks.

“I think he’s developed extremely well. I think I spoke about this a few weeks ago, but he was a guy that we liked quite a bit coming out of the draft. We were very fortunate that he was available,” Shurmur said. ‘Since he’s been here, he’s really made steady improvements. He’s had production in the passing game, he’s sort of a tough, gritty guy that takes his blocking seriously, and he has a good feel for things. We’ve liked the development to this point.”