Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) looks on before the game against New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

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Saquon Barkley, Rob Gronkowski expected to play on ‘MNF’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants are expected to have two key pieces back for Monday night’s game, ESPN reported.

Running back Saquon Barkley is expected to return for the Giants (3-6) after missing the past four games. And on the home sideline, tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to be active for the Bucs (6-3).

Both players are officially listed as questionable, and both are dependent on not having any pregame setbacks, per the report.

Gronkowski, 32, has essentially missed the past six games with a back injury. He played just six snaps in Tampa’s Week 8 loss at New Orleans before exiting. He has 16 catches for 184 yards with four touchdowns in four games.

Barkley, 24, injured his ankle against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 after stepping on another player’s foot. He played just six snaps. He has 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Barkley missed most of the 2020 season with a torn ACL.

Also for the Bucs, WR Antonio Brown has been ruled out, nose tackle Vita Vea is doubtful, and cornerback Dee Delaney (ankle, concussion) and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (ankle) are questionable.

For the Giants, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Ebner, Logan Ryan and Sterling Shepard are all out. Running back Devontae Booker (hip), fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf) and TE Kaden Smith (knee) are all questionable.

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