The Giants’ top offensive lineman has been cleared to practice.

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The Giants’ top offensive lineman has been cleared to practice.

During the bye week, the New York Giants have been getting healthier, and one player who could return for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 22 is a key piece in protecting quarterback Daniel Jones from a feared pass rush.

Andrew Thomas, the Giants’ left tackle, was designated to return to practice on Wednesday, November 17.

OT Andrew Thomas has been designated to return to practice, according to the roster. pic.twitter.com7UbzAEAF2N

November 17, 2021, Dan Salomone (@Dan_Salomone)

So, will Thomas have enough time to prepare for the Giants’ five-day matchup with the Buccaneers? Only time will tell.

The Giants now have three weeks to either activate Thomas to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending IR.

Thomas has been limited to just five starts this season due to foot and ankle injuries.

Thomas appeared to have taken a big step forward in his development this year by not allowing a sack.

Thomas’ decision to return to practice does not guarantee that he will be able to play Monday night.

In fact, NJcom Giants beat reporter Zack Rosenblatt said he’d be “surprised” if Thomas played this week.

As a result, struggling offensive tackles Nate Solder and Matt Peart will be left to defend a strong pass-rushing group led by former Giant Jason Pierre-Paul, which the Bucs will deploy.

Thomas has been on injured reserve since Week 6, missing the last three games at the very least.

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Barkley Is Getting There

Although Thomas appears to require more time before returning to game action, superstar running back Saquon Barkley appears to be on the verge of returning.

The Giants’ coaching staff has been “very encouraged” by Barkley’s performance since he returned to practice on November 15, according to head coach Joe Judge.

“We’re very optimistic.”

Prior to Wednesday’s practice, Judge told reporters, “He’ll be out here today for both of our sessions.”

“We’ll see how he gets along with the rest of the team…

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