After missing multiple games, Giants starter sends a message to Saquon Barkley

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After missing multiple games, Giants starter sends a message to Saquon Barkley

The storyline for Giants running back Saquon Barkley in 2021 has been remarkably similar to that of the previous two seasons: flashes of brilliance overshadowed by injuries.

After a slow start to the season, the former NFL Rookie of the Year appeared to be regaining his pre-injury form in Weeks 3 through 4, averaging 110 yards from scrimmage and scoring three touchdowns.

However, Barkley has missed each of the team’s last four games due to an ankle sprain he sustained in Big Blue’s Week 5 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Barkley returned to the practice field on Monday, November 15th, looking like his old self after an extra week to heal thanks to the bye week.

According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the 24-year-old was moving around the field with little to no restriction and has a “realistic hope” of playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Monday night.

“It’s fantastic!” exclaims the narrator.

“It’s awesome just to have his presence – even in the huddle,” tight end Evan Engram said of Barkley’s return to practice.

“He’s our most senior officer, our most senior captain.”

It’s just great to see him again.

I know he’s been itching to return, so he’ll stay the course, keep working, and do everything he can to prepare.”

Joe Judge weighs in on Barkley’s situation.

Head coach Joe Judge echoed Engram’s sentiments about the Giants running back, saying that keeping Barkley involved with the team even when he’s on the sidelines has been critical because “he’s an impact player for us on and off the field.”

He’s done a fantastic job leading the team and participating in captains’ meetings.

He’s given me a lot of great insight into what’s going on in the locker room, as well as a lot of useful feedback, so he’s done a fantastic job in that regard.”

While the former No. 1 appears to be on his way back,

Judge, the No. 2 overall pick in Week 11, was his usual self when discussing Barkley’s injury status, making sure not to get too worked up about it.

“In terms of Saquon, he’ll be out here doing some stuff with us today, and we’ll see how that develops over the course of the week….

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