The Giants were hopeful that Evan Engram would be ready to go against the Eagles on Monday night, but after the tight end did not practice on Saturday, he'll remain inactive for Week 14.
Engram has been sidelined with a sprained foot since Week 9, but head coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday that his prospects of playing were "trending up." On Friday, Engram was listed as a participant in practice (albeit in a limited capacity) for the first time.
But he did not participate in Saturday's walkthrough, after which the Giants announced that Engram would not play on Monday.
"I felt really good [in rehab] early this week," Engram said. "As the week went by, it just wasn't ready. We made some progress but just not ready."
Engram opened up the season with two 100-yard receiving performances in the first three games, but hasn't picked up more than 54 yards receiving in any of the five games in which he's played since.
He said there wasn't necessarily a setback in his recovery that is forcing him out of the lineup, but his foot is just not where it needs to be for him to be successful.
"For what I'm asked to do, it requires a lot of explosiveness, a lot of cutting. And that's why it's just not really ready," Engram said.
Engram's absence will mean there's one less weapon at Eli Manning's disposal when the 38-year-old returns to his familar role as the team's starting quarterback. Daniel Jones is out of his boot and did some throwing Saturday, but was officially listed as out for Monday night.
Meanwhile, Daniel Jones not only out of the boot but doing light work at the start of practice pic.twitter.com/CUiicwmbyA- Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) December 7, 2019
Meanwhile, Rhett Ellison and Corey Ballentine, both recovering from concussions, were officially ruled out of Monday's game, as well. Golden Tate, officially out of concussion protocol as of Friday, was listed as a full participant in Saturday's practice.