Giants will be without 4 of their top offensive weapons vs. Patriots

Scott McLaughlin
October 09, 2019 - 1:38 pm

As expected, the Giants offense is going to be extremely shorthanded for Thursday night's game against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

The team annnounced Wednesday afternoon that running backs Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion), and tight end Evan Engram (knee) have all been ruled out.

Barkley, the Giants' offensive star and No. 2 overall pick in 2018, has missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain and is reportedly recovering well, but he won't be ready for Thursday.

Gallman has started the last two games in Barkley's absence, but suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Vikings and won't be able to clear protocol in time for Thursday night. That likely leaves Jon Hilliman, an undrafted rookie, as the Giants' starting running back against the Patriots.

Engram and Shepard, meanwhile, are the team's top two receiving threats with 640 yards receiving between them this season. Like Gallman, both suffered their injuries Sunday against Minnesota.

That will leave Golden Tate (who returned from suspension last week), Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Darius Slayton as the top receiving options for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, who will be making his fourth career start.

Needless to say, Jones and the Giants could be in for a tough night against the Patriots' top-ranked defense.