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Report: Giants lose another RB with Devonta Freeman landing on IR

Giants, Devonta Freeman, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants will continue to find themselves fairly thin in the backfield for their Week 10 bout against the Philadelphia Eagles. Halfback Devonta Freeman has been placed on IR with a chance to come back in three weeks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Freeman aggravated his ankle injury during practice on Thursday. Freeman’s ankle had already kept him out of action in back-to-back games, and the Giants may be proceeding on the side of caution in hopes of not making the injury any worse.. He has only played in five games this season, totaling 172 rushing yards on 54 carries.

With the two-time Pro-Bowler set to be out for at least three weeks and star Saquon Barkley already out for the season, Wayne Gallman will likely receive the bulk of the playing time in his place. The 26-year-old halfback has garnished more rushing yards than Freeman so far with 222 yards on 51 carries. Gallman has also fared well in the passing game, catching 12 of his 14 targets for 68 yards.

Alfred Morris should also see time in the backfield. Morris had nine carries for 67 yards last week.

The Giants are currently 2-7 and in third in the NFC East. Per ESPN’s Matchup Predictor, the Eagles have a 64.8 percent of walking away victorious against the Giants on Sunday. Both teams have been rather underwhelming this season, which could make for a dull event between the two clubs.

Also, wideout Golden Tate of the Giants is listed as questionable with a knee injury ahead of Sunday, which could further deplete the Giants’ offensive arsenal.