Aug 19, 2021; Berea, OH, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saquon Barkley to participate in drills vs. Patriots

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is expected to participate in team drills during upcoming joint practices with the New England Patriots, NFL Network reported Sunday.

The sessions are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Foxborough, Mass., although travel plans for the Giants could be affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Henri.

Barkley, 24, missed 14 games last season with a torn ACL and was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list earlier this month.

On Aug. 9, he returned to on-field action for the first time since sustaining the injury on Sept. 20, 2020.

Barkley’s status for the Sept. 12 regular-season opener against the visiting Denver Broncos remains up in the air.

Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick by the Giants in 2018 out of Penn State, has rushed for 2,344 yards and 17 touchdowns in 31 games. He also has 149 receptions for 1,219 yards and six scores.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2018 and named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Running back Saquon Barkley jogs off the field at the end of Giants practice, in East Rutherford. Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Reports: Saquon Barkley to be activated off PUP list

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is expected to be activated off the physically unable to perform list and return to practice Monday, the New York Post first reported.

It would be Barkley’s first on-field action since tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 20, 2020. Barkley also damaged his medial collateral ligament and meniscus. He played just two games last season, rushing for 34 yards on 19 carries.

Barkley will be limited to individual drills at first to ensure he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, per the Post and ESPN.

The Giants play the New York Jets on Saturday in their first preseason action. Barkley is not expected to appear in any of the three preseason games.

The 24-year-old, who was the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Giants in 2018 out of Penn State, has rushed for 2,344 yards and 17 touchdowns in 31 career games. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season of 2018 after rushing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Giants play their Week 1 game Sept. 12 at home against the Denver Broncos.

–Field Level Media

Running back Saquon Barkley jogs off the field at the end of Giants practice, in East Rutherford. Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) making ‘tangible’ progress

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has made significant progress in his recovery from surgery last year on a torn right ACL, although head coach Joe Judge stopped short Monday of putting a timetable on his return to practice.

“You know what, he’s making a lot of strides for us, and I don’t want to go ahead and make any predictions or anything on Saquon, but I will say that this guy’s showing progress, tangible progress every day with our medical staff, with our strength staff,” Judge said. “He comes out here and works.”

Barkley also had MCL and meniscus damage after an injury that occurred in a Sept. 20 game against the Chicago Bears. He played just two games last season, rushing for 34 yards on 19 carries.

The 24-year-old, who was the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Giants in 2018 out of Penn State, has rushed for 2,344 yards and 17 touchdowns in 31 career games. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season of 2018 after rushing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns.

As an emergency option, on Monday the Giants re-signed veteran running back Alfred Morris, who arrived after Barkley’s injury last season. Morris rushed for 238 yards in nine games with the Giants last season. Morris, 32, has played with four different teams over the last four seasons, with just one game of action with the Arizona Cardinals in 2019.

Judge said that while Barkley is not yet ready for practice, his rehab work has mirrored what the rest of the team has been working on in practices. Despite the injury and long rehab, Judge said Barkley’s spirit and work ethic remain high.

“I know he wants to be out there, but we’ve got to make sure we help our players make the right decision,” Judge said. “The goal is to get him out there and keep him out there. We know he can make a great impact for this team.

“We know what kind of player he can be, so we want to make sure we put him in the opportunity to go ahead and play full-speed, aggressive and confident when he gets out there.”

The Giants play their Week 1 game Sept. 12 at home against the Denver Broncos.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) lays on the field during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.  Barkley would suffer an injury on the previous play and be taken off the field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Saquon Barkley to open camp on PUP list

Saquon Barkley will open New York Giants training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL.

Barkley was one of six players the Giants placed on the active/PUP list Thursday. The team’s first full-squad training camp practice is next Wednesday.

Barkley tore the ACL last September during Week 2 of the 2020 season. He told the New York Post this week he didn’t know when he would be medically cleared to return to practice.

“Yeah, I’ve been asked a lot,” Barkley said. “I guess that’s the theme of the summer, going to be when I’ll be back. But no, I don’t have that answer, to be honest. … It’s a fun process, but it’s a tough process at the same time. Just have to continue to listen to my body, listen to my trainers, listen to the coaches and take it day-by-day.”

The No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018, Barkley won Offensive Rookie of the Year that season but has struggled to stay healthy since. In 31 games over three seasons, Barkley has amassed 2,344 rushing yards for 17 touchdowns on 4.7 yards per attempt, plus 149 receptions for 1,219 yards and six scores.

New York picked up Barkley’s fifth-year option for the 2022 season, guaranteeing him $7.217 million.

Newly-signed tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot), third-round draft pick and cornerback Aaron Robinson (core muscle), center Jonotthan Harrison (hamstring), tackle Matt Peart (back) and linebacker Oshane Ximines (hamstring) were also placed on the active/PUP list.

In addition, first-round wide receiver Kadarius Toney was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list because of a positive test. The rookie was the Giants’ No. 20 overall pick in April’s draft.

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Terrell Edmunds (34) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Saquon Barkley will return when ‘my body tells me I’m ready’

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley told reporters Wednesday that patience has been a key to his rehab from a torn ACL in his right knee.

And Giants fans might require some patience to hold on until Barkley can return to the field at 100 percent.

The 24-year-old Barkley wouldn’t describe exactly where he’s at in his rehab process, nor put a timetable on when he expects to return to game action, noting that “nothing (is) going to be forced for me to come back” and nobody around him is rushing him.

“It’s going to be whenever my body tells me I’m ready and it will show when I’m ready to go, that’s when I’ll be able to go out there and be hopefully as good as I was before or even better,” he said.

Barkley, who injured the knee in September, acknowledged that remaining patient was tough as his Giants teammates get back to the practice field during organized team activities.

“When you have a sport that you love that’s taken away from you, you want to get back there as fast as you can obviously, but you have to be smart,” he said. “At the end of the day I want to do the best for my team, not just for a short span but for a long time.”

One day earlier, Giants coach Joe Judge also declined to reveal a timetable for Barkley’s return, but said that the back has been “tremendously positive” during the process.

“He comes in every day, he attacks every day from a rehab standpoint,” Judge said.

Barkley’s third NFL season ended prematurely when he tore the ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has gained 2,344 yards on 4.7 yards per carry with 17 rushing touchdowns and six receiving scores in 31 career games for New York.

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands off to  running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Judge: Saquon Barkley attacking return; no timetable

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley continues to recover from a torn ACL he suffered last September, and coach Joe Judge likes where Barkley stands in the process.

Judge declined to provide a timetable for Barkley’s return to action, but his overall reviews of Barkley’s rehab were positive.

“He comes in every day, he attacks every day from a rehab standpoint,” Judge said. “He’s had a phenomenal attitude and great motivation; he’s been tremendously positive.”

Judge added that the Giants are taking pains to facilitate Barkley’s rehab at “the correct rate for his individual body and injury,” but that he “couldn’t be happier” with how Barkley is approaching the rehab.

Barkley, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018, saw his third NFL season cut short after tearing his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 31 career games, Barkley has gained 2,344 yards on 4.7 yards per carry with 17 rushing touchdowns and six receiving scores.

Quarterback Daniel Jones added that Barkley is doing all he can to be ready for Week 1 of the 2021 season.

“That’s the type of person he is and the type of worker he is,” Jones said. “Certainly, we’ve got his back and (are) supporting him and I know he’s working his tail off, everything he can do and doing what the trainers are asking him to do. He’s had that mindset since … he went down and it’s been fun to watch him work.”

–Field Level Media

New York's Saquon Barkley (26) is brought down by Philadelphia's Nathan Gerry.

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Report: Giants RB Saquon Barkley on track to start season

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is on pace toward returning to the field in time for the start of the upcoming season, ESPN reported.

Barkley sustained a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus and strained his medial collateral ligament against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 20, 2020. He underwent surgery on Oct. 30, with the delay allowing the MCL to heal.

Barkley, 24, will have had nearly 11 months to recover before the Giants open the 2021 season.

New York allowed backup Wayne Gallman to test free agency and signed fellow running back Devontae Booker to a two-year, $5.5 million contract.

The Giants selected Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he had a stellar rookie season that culminated in a Pro Bowl selection. He led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and chipped in 15 touchdowns.

Limited to 13 games in 2019 because of a high-ankle sprain, he ran for 1,003 yards and added 438 receiving yards, scoring eight touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers as offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) blocks during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Barkley: ‘No doubt’ about full recovery

Running back Saquon Barkley said his goal is to get “one percent better” every day as he rehabilitates from a knee injury that ended his season with the New York Giants on Sept. 20.

In his first news conference since the injury, Barkley said Thursday that he has “no doubt” he will return to form next season for the Giants. He tore his right anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus and strained his medial collaterate ligament.

He had surgery on Oct. 30, and the delay allowed the MCL to heal.

“The likelihood of me coming back to 100 percent, what they’re saying is it’s kind of all on how you attack it,” Barkley, 23, said. “You have to be smart with the first six or seven weeks, obviously because of the meniscus repair. I’m continuing to be smart with it. At the end of the day, they say when you do a ACL reconstruction, the ACL becomes ten times stronger.”

The Giants took Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he had a stellar rookie season that culminated in a Pro Bowl selection. He led the NFL with 2,208 yards from scrimmage and chipped in 15 touchdowns.

Limited to 13 games last season because of a high-ankle sprain, he ran for 1,003 yards and added 438 receiving yards, scoring eight touchdowns.

“I’m just going to continue to attack every day, continue to put my body in shape for however long I continue to play for to have a successful season. Hopefully it works out for me that way,” Barkley said. “I had an injury last year, I was able to overcome that and I had an injury this year. This is another challenge in the way that I have to be ready to face.”

Barkley said the days after this season’s injury included some “dark places” but things have been brightened by watching his teammates lately. After a 1-7 start, the Giants are 4-7 and tied with the Washington Football Team for first place in the NFC East.

“When we win, you still feel that joy even though I’m not on the field. It’s also that sitting on the couch watching and you feel helpless. You can’t do anything, you can’t help your team at all,” he said. “I would say Sundays are the toughest days, but the last three weeks they have been pretty good.”

The Giants will face a tough test on the road Sunday when they meet the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks (8-3).

–Field Level Media

Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Judge: Giants COVID-19 violations addressed internally

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge vowed to keep things internal when dealing with the fallout of an incident this past weekend when multiple players were caught on video without masks at a Manhattan bar.

Among those that could be seen in a collection of video snippets were quarterback Daniel Jones, who was sharing a drink with an unidentified woman. Running back Saquon Barkley appeared to be dancing in the street while holding the front wheel of a bicycle off the ground. Barkley is set to have knee surgery this week.

The Giants were off over the weekend after losing 22-21 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

“I’m not going to go into all of the different things of the optics and all,” Judge said Tuesday. “I’m just going to say these guys, look, we have to make the right decisions. I think what they try to do as a team on a night off, kind of assimilate a bye week if you would, go out to dinner and try to hang together as a team, that’s something they were looking to do, kind of stay tight with each other.”

The camaraderie is what Judge is after multiple players reportedly had dinner in an area of a restaurant of limits to the public. But gathering in the bar area and violating NFL COVID-19 protocols is troublesome for the 1-6 Giants.

“I’ve had a lot of in-depth conversations with the guys involved, as well as the rest of the team,” Judge said. “They understand kind of the consequences of anything you do right now in this COVID environment, as well as the public eye, of how they’re looked at and how we have to be careful. We have to make sure we make the right decisions.”

Giants players figure to get more than an internal scolding.

The Las Vegas Raiders reportedly were put under investigation last week by the NFL after violating COVID-19 restrictions. Multiple players were fined earlier this season, including quarterback Derek Carr, for attending a local fundraiser without masks.

Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown tested positive last week, forcing the entire starting offensive line into quarantine leading up to a 45-20 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

An earlier COVID-19 outbreak within the Tennessee Titans organization led to 24 positive cases. The organization was fined $350,000 last week with reports the Raiders could be facing an even steeper fine. The possible forfeiture of Raiders draft picks reportedly is in play.

According to an ESPN report, the NFL was looking into the video.

“We’re just going to deal with everything internally right now in terms of that part of the situation,” Judge reiterated.

–Field Level Media