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Giants RB Saquon Barkley “questionable” for Washington game

The New York Giants won’t be at full force for their Thursday night game against the Washington Football Team, with running back Saquon Barkley officially listed as questionable.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 29: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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The Giants’ injury report on their team page says Barkley had limited participation in practice during the week.

Barkley Is still expected to play despite being listed as questionable. It would be his second time to play in five days after coming back from a torn knee ligament he suffered in 2020.

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He tore his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season and had it operated on in October. He headed into the summer sitting in the physically unable to perform list. It was to be expected that Berkley would have to adjust to the physical demands on his body, especially since he had not been tackled for almost one year.

Both the running back and coach Joe Judge have said they’ll believe he will be ready for the game.

Barkley admits playing consecutive games in just a few days is not ideal after his knee surgery, but that is the situation he needs to face.

Barkley's lackluster week 1 performance

Barkley played against the Denver Broncos last Sunday during their 27-13 season opener loss to Denver. He is the Giants' best offensive player but delivered an unremarkable performance, rushing 10 times for 26 yards, with one catch for one yard.

Barkley may still play on Thursday night, but it is still uncertain if he will be able to contribute significantly to the team. The Giants are still easing him back into action after his major knee injury.

The Giants' reduced roster

The Giants have already taken several hits to their roster. Outside linebacker Cam Brown is out of Thursday’s game due to a hamstring injury. Tight end Evan Egram will also be unable to play against Washington due to a calf injury, while starting left guard Shane Lemieux has hurt his knee.

Meanwhile, Washington only has quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on the injured list after hurting a hip. Running back Antonio Gibson who had injured his shoulder participated in practice and will start on Sunday.

The Washington Football Team will host the New York Giants on Week 2 of the NFL regular season. Kickoff is on Thursday night at FedExField.