While their leading rusher deals with a “personal issue,” the Giants activate a rookie running back.

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While their leading rusher deals with a “personal issue,” the Giants activate a rookie running back.

New York Giants rookie Gary Brightwell was activated from the ReserveCOVID-19 list on November 15th, after missing the team’s Week 9 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Among a flurry of false positives leading up to the Raiders game, the first-year pro was one of two positives (the other being running back coach Burton Burns).

Brightwell, a sixth-round pick out of Arizona, has spent most of his time on special teams this season, logging 125 snaps (59 percent).

Devontae Booker was the lone true running back on the field against Las Vegas in Brightwell’s absence, with fullback Eli Penny filling in as a backup.

With Saquon Barkley out, Booker has started each of the team’s last four games and racked up a career-high 99 rushing yards against the Raiders.

The 29-year-old veteran has averaged 123.5 yards from scrimmage and 4.4 yards per carry in his last two games after starting slowly.

Booker Misses Practice Due to a ‘Personal Issue’

Booker was forced to leave the game early due to a hip injury he suffered against the Raiders.

According to Giants.com’s Dan Salomone, X-rays on Booker’s hip injury came back negative, and he said he was “[feeling]great.” However, Booker was nowhere to be found in the team’s first practice back from the bye, though it’s unclear whether that has anything to do with his hip injury.

According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, Booker is one of three players dealing with “personal issues,” along with Penny and kicker Graham Gano.

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Andrew Thomas and Saquon Barkley are on a roll.

While there’s no guarantee that Booker’s personal issues will keep him out of the lineup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Monday, the fact that Barkley could be in the lineup is certainly reassuring.

Barkley showed little limitation in his first practice action since injuring his ankle against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 and looks on track to reclaim his spot atop the depth chart, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan:

RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) is back in practice for the first time since suffering an injury a month ago.

Next Monday night is looking promising.

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