Giants rule out Olivier Vernon, Eli Apple, Evan Engram for Week 4

The New York Giants will be without two key defensive starters — outside linebacker Olivier Vernon and cornerback Eli Apple — when they host the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Starting tight end Evan Engram (knee) also was officially ruled out Friday after suffering an injury against the Houston Texans last Sunday. Wide receiver Cody Latimer (knee) also won’t play.

Meanwhile, running back Jonathan Stewart (foot) will be placed on injured reserve, sources told ESPN on Friday. The 31-year-old veteran, who signed a two-year, $6.9 million deal this offseason ($2.95 million guaranteed), had 17 yards on six carries this season.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Vernon (high ankle sprain) and Apple (groin) both returned to practice this week. They just ran out of time for Sunday. It will be the fourth straight missed game for Vernon, who was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but didn’t participate Friday.

“No setback. [Vernon has] made great progress this week and he’s close,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “Just wasn’t quite ready.”

His absence again puts the spotlight on B.W. Webb, who will start in Apple’s spot for the second straight week. Donte Deayon moves into the slot cornerback role.1

The Giants’ cornerback depth isn’t their only concern. They enter the contest with just four sacks — only the Oakland Raiders have less through three games.

Vernon is considered the Giants’ top pass rusher. Connor Barwin and rookie Lorenzo Carter have filled in during his absence and each have three quarterback hits. Carter, however, has the only sack.

That could be a problem against the Saints, who average 34.7 points per game. Quarterback Drew Brees has thrown eight touchdown passes without an interception.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

The Giants defense has held up admirably. They’ve allowed 20.7 points per game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans over the first three weeks.