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Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice. ESPN's Adam Schefter called Engram "unlikely" to play against the Patriots on Thursday night, but it looks like the team isn't ruling him out quite yet. We'll get another update on Engram tomorrow.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) is "unlikely" to play against the Patriots on Thursday night. He's made a bunch of progress in his rehab, but he's still only 2-and-a-half weeks removed from what's usually a 4+ week injury. We're betting on Barkley returning for Week 7 against the Cardinals. With RB Wayne Gallman (concussion) also expected to miss the Patriots game, the G-Men are down to undrafted rookie RB Jon Hilliman. He has a shot to see ~15 touches on Thursday night but still isn't a recommended fantasy play in this matchup.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says there's "a real chance" that Giants TE Evan Engram won't be able to play against the Patriots on Thursday night. Engram is dealing with a sprained MCL. That he hasn't yet been publicly ruled out indicates this may not be too serious an injury -- i.e. beyond Week 6 -- but make sure you plan for an Engram replacement as your league runs waivers this week.

The Giants listed RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) as "limited" on their projected practice report Monday. (The team didn't actually practice.) Barkley got back on the field last week and looked good in the limited video we saw. He seems to have a real shot to return for Thursday night's game against the Patriots. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard is in the concussion protocol. The Athletic's Dan Duggan reports that Shepard displayed concussion symptoms to the team's medical staff Monday morning. This is Shepard's 2nd concussion of the season and almost certainly knocks him out for at least Thursday night's game against the Patriots. Shepard's absence could mean a target boost for Golden Tate. He'll join Darius Slayton and Cody Latimer as the team's top 3 wideouts for at least Week 6. Plan as though you'll miss Shepard for Week 7 as well, given the 2 concussions in such close proximity.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's a "realistic chance" Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) returns for Thursday night's game against the Patriots. Barkley, just 2 weeks removed from his high-ankle sprain, got back on the practice field this week and was listed as a limited participant on Friday. "At the very least, he will be good in Week 7 against the Cardinals," Rapoport adds.

The Giants have ruled ILBs Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. That leaves David Mayo as the top guy inside. We've moved Mayo up the LB rankings. But the situation at LB also helps the tackle outlook for Giants safeties Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He drew headlines this week for running and even doing some light cutting on the field, but Barkley never had a realistic shot to play this weekend. We'd still consider him doubtful for next Thursday night's game against the Patriots but will continue to monitor him closely. Wayne Gallman gets another game as New York's lead back this Sunday.

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The Bengals have placed WR John Ross (shoulder) on IR. It's unclear if he's a candidate to return, but he's out for at least the next 8 weeks. Ross can be dropped from redraft rosters. Cincinnati moves forward with Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate and Damion Willis atop the WR depth chart -- until A.J. Green is ready to return from his ankle injury.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) was on the practice field on Wednesday. "Light running, change of direction. Looks very good, like himself," insider Art Stapleton tweeted. "Not practicing, but promising sign in quest to obliterate 4-8 week timetable for high ankle sprain." Barkley won't play against the Vikings this weekend, but it does seem like he's ahead of schedule in his rehab. We'll continue to monitor his progress.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Bengals WR John Ross is expected to miss "multiple games" with the shoulder injury he suffered late in Monday night's loss to the Steelers. "Could be in the range of a month or so," Garafolo adds. Cincinnati has a Week 9 bye, so it's possible Ross is sidelined until Week 10. With WR A.J. Green still out, the Bengals are down to Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate and Damion Willis as their top 3 WRs.

Bengals WR John Ross left in the 2nd half of Monday night's game against the Steelers with a right shoulder injury. He got whipped to the ground after a reception, and landed on the shoulder first. Cincinnati deemed him questionable to return, which may bode well for the severity of the issue. We'll keep an eye on Ross' status heading into Week 5.

Colts DE Jabaal Sheard will make his season debut today against the Raiders. He's active for the 1st time following a summer knee injury that required surgery. Sheard still hasn't returned to full practice, and we wouldn't bet on a big role for him today. We'll be curious to track his participation and progress, though.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley does not need surgery on his injured ankle, according to multiple reports. The fact that surgery was even being considered is confirmation that this is a severe high-ankle sprain. HC Pat Shurmur said Thursday that he considers Barkley "week to week" and that placing him on IR isn't being considered. Fantasy owners should still be prepared to potentially be without him through the Giants' Week 11 bye.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Giants RB Saquon Barkley will be out for "the next several weeks" with a high right ankle sprain. That confirms the video diagnosis of ProFootballDoc.com's David Chao. Wayne Gallman takes over the lead job for a solid matchup with Washington in Week 4. But then the Giants face Minnesota and New England the following 2 weeks. Fantasy owners shouldn't be excited for Gallman in any of those spots, but he'll be an option for many lineups in Week 4 at least.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Barkley is expected to miss 4-8 weeks and that the "longer timeline is considered more likely." The Giants get a Week 11 bye. Returning after that would mean 7 missed games for Barkley. This possibility certainly adds upside to Gallman on waivers. Beyond the Vikings and Patriots matchups lie fine spots vs. the Cardinals, Lions, Cowboys and Jets. Rapoport, by the way, has also updated his report to 4-6 weeks, following Barkley's Monday MRI.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley will have an MRI on his injured right ankle on Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Barkley spent the 2nd half of the win over the Bucs on crutches and in a walking boot. Former NFL head team Dr. David Chao believes Barkley is dealing with a high-ankle sprain based on video of the injury. That’d likely cost him multiple games. We should learn more tomorrow.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley twisted his right ankle in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bucs. He hobbled off the field, putting very little weight on that leg. Stay tuned for an update. RB Wayne Gallman is next up for the Giants.

Update: Barkley has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) is set to return for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. WR Cody Latimer (concussion) is out, and WR Bennie Fowler (hamstring) is questionable. Shepard, TE Evan Engram and RB Saquon Barkley should dominate targets in QB Daniel Jones’ debut.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) graduated to a full practice on Thursday. He's on track to return for this weekend's game against the Bucs. QB Daniel Jones adds some unknown to Shepard's outlook -- but it's tough to imagine the rookie being a downgrade from Eli Manning. Consider Shepard a low-upside WR3 for Week 3.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He's making progress through the protocol and has a good chance to be cleared ahead of this weekend's game against the Bucs. WR Cody Latimer (concussion) didn't practice on Wednesday.

 
 
 

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