Barkley did not participate in practice and wasn’t in pads. Instead, he did some light work with a trainer. Head coach Pat Shurmur described Barkley as “day-to-day”.
“Saquon has a mild strain,” Shurmur said. “And we’ll be smart with him as we move along here.”
Barkley’s practice status for the remainder of the week is unknown. It is also unknown he will play in Friday night’s Giants/Lions preseason game.
Barkley came down gingerly after making a big play in Monday’s practice. He ran past cornerback Janoris Jenkins deep down the left sideline to snatch a pass from fellow rookie Kyle Lauletta. He jogged down the sideline in obvious pain after making the play before heading back toward the line of scrimmage, where he was examined by team doctors.
Practice only lasted for a few more minutes after Barkley went down, so he didn’t take any more reps after the injury. He did leave the practice field under his own power before his leg was wrapped up.
The Giants, who had a league-high 22 players on injured reserve last season, are using a cautious approach with Barkley. Barkley’s work load has been “managed” by the team. There were two days last week in which his reps were limited.
Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, is expected to be a significant contributor to the Giants offense this season.
Giants fans were treated to a sample of what Barkley can do on the first play from scrimmage in last Thursday’s preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns. Barkley had a 39-yard run on his first NFL carry in the 20-10 Giants loss. He has consistently worked with the first-team offense throughout training camp.
Barkley’s reception against Jenkins, one of the NFL’s best corners, shows that he can be a threat in the passing game as well as on the ground.
– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.