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Pat Shurmur leaves open possibility Saquon Barkley returns Sunday vs. Vikings

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New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur is leaving open the possibility that Saquon Barkley could return to the field on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

When Barkley originally went down with the high ankle sprain it was reported he would miss four to eight weeks, but he has only missed one full week and now there is talk about a return.

On Wednesday, rumors came out that Barkley would return Week 6 against the New England Patriots, but when asked on Thursday about when he will return, Shurmur said they will bring him back “as quickly and as smartly as possible.”

Barkley was running and making cuts during Wednesday’s practice, but it’s still unclear what exactly the chances are  he could go on Sunday. It still feels like a longshot that Barkley will play, but this could also be a bit of gamesmanship from Shurmur who is trying to get the Vikings to prepare for Barkley.

Getting Barkley back would be a big boost for a Giants team that has won two games in a row, especially having to face a tough Vikings defense.

So far this season, Barkley has rushed for 237 yards and a touchdown. If he can’t go it will be Wayne Gallman who will be battling against a strong rush defense.

Against the Washington Redskins, Gallman rushed 18 times for 63 yards and a touchdown and also caught six passes and had another touchdown through the air. Whoever starts is going to have their hands full and is going to need to have a big game.