EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York Giants working again Saquon Barkley cleared yet one more hurdle when he got here via his first contact at apply late final week with no points, a number of sources instructed ESPN.
If all goes properly in Wednesday’s padded apply, Barkley is anticipated to be on the sphere Sunday in Week 1 vs. the Denver Broncos. His workload would nonetheless be restricted because the Giants proceed to take a long-term method with their star working again. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Barkley was trending in the proper course to play in opposition to the Broncos final week, with solely a late setback or the Giants probably holding him again.
Barkley tore the ACL in his proper knee final October. However the Giants have been additional cautious with their prime offensive weapon this spring and summer season. Barkley didn’t seem in a preseason sport and did not take part in reside drills till lower than two weeks in the past, carrying a purple no-contact jersey in New England.
His first style of contact got here in a padded apply Thursday on the Quest Diagnostics Coaching Middle.
“Felt good at apply and training with everybody on the staff,” Barkley stated afterwards. “Assume that was undoubtedly wanted. Simply grateful to be on the market and simply preparing for the season.”
It is largely all encouraging information for the Giants and their offense with Barkley, huge receivers Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and tight finish Kyle Rudolph (foot) all trending in the proper course for Week 1.
Solely tight finish Evan Engram (calf) is in critical doubt to overlook Sunday’s sport.