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Giants RB Saquon Barkley returned to practice on Monday

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley returned to practice on Monday and seems to be progressing toward a Week 7 return against the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Barkley has missed the last two games with a high-ankle sprain he suffered in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The original prognosis for Barkley was a four-to-eight week timetable, but the second-year back has appeared to make remarkable progress and looks like he will come back sooner than expected.

On the season overall, Barkley has carried the football 37 times for 237 yards and a touchdown while catching 14 passes for 68 yards.

He posted back-to-back 100-yard games over his first two weeks before being held to 10 yards on eight carries prior to exiting the Giants’ win over the Buccaneers in the second quarter.

The 22-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Penn State, was originally selected by New York with the second overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Barkley went on to have a tremendous rookie campaign, racking up 1,307 yards and 11 scores while averaging five yards per carry. In addition, he hauled in 91 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

The Giants dropped their first two games of the season before switching from Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones under center. Big Blue then reeled off back-to-back wins over Tampa Bay and the Washington Redskins before falling to the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots each of the last two weeks.

Despite being 2-4, New York sits just one game behind the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East.