Giants RB Saquan Barkley was a full participant in practice
Barkley has been sidelined for the last three games due to a high ankle sprain. He was listed as a full participant in practice, via Dan Salomone of the team’s official website:
#NYGiants Injury Report
DNP: Ballentine (concussion)
Limited: Shepard, Gallman, Pierre
Full: Barkley, Engram
— Dan Salomone (@NYGsalomone) October 16, 2019
This is certainly an encouraging update for the Giants. Barkley had made it clear that he was hoping to beat his initial six-to-eight-week timetable for the injury. His activity in practice indicates that he is well on track to doing just that if he is able to play against the Cardinals.
The prospect of Barkley’s return could not come at a more ideal time. New York’s offense has been lacking any firepower without him or tight end Evan Engram, who is currently dealing with a sprained left knee. Meanwhile, backup running back Wayne Gallman was also sidelined for their loss to the New England Patriots with a concussion.
The lack of weapons has easily had the biggest effect on quarterback Daniel Jones. The rookie has come crashing back down to Earth following a hot start to his career. Regardless, he has managed to show quite a rapport with wide receiver Golden Tate.
If the Giants can get the run game going again behind Saquon Barkley, it will only help to further open up the passing game for Jones to get the ball to Engram and Tate.