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Report: Giants RB Saquon Barkley a ‘stretch’ to play on TNF vs. 49ers in Week 3

New York RB sustained an ankle sprain late in the team’s comeback win on Sunday in Week 2. We update you on the latest status.

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Monday update: Barkley is dealing with low-ankle sprain that shouldn’t keep him out long, but it seems to be a “stretch” for him to go on a short turnaround Thursday night vs. the San Francisco 49ers, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Post-post game update: Barkley’s ankle x-rays returned negative and it appears he has avoided a significant injury, per Jordan Schultz. He still has a quick turnaround to play on Thursday. It will likely be tough for him to be back to 100% by then.

Post-game update — There was no word from the team or Barkley himself on the severity of his ankle injury, but he was seen getting x-rays and limping after the game. The Giants have a tough matchup against the 49ers on Thursday and at this point it doesn’t look great for his availability.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley had to be helped off the field after sustaining what appeared to be an ankle injury late into the fourth quarter of the Giants’ Week 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He had his ankle taped on the bench, and was limping on the sideline.

Barkley, who had 92 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in the Week 2 game, was slow to get up after getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage while the Giants were driving down the field ahead of their game-winning field goal.

Matt Breida, Eric Gray, and Gary Brightwell are listed behind Barkley on the Giants depth chart. If you’re looking for a replacement in fantasy football if Barkley is out, Breida should get the first crack at RB1 duties. He isn’t nearly the same player as Barkley and we could see Gray get more work given he was a recent draft pick and is young.