Update, Sept. 30 — Barkley has officially been listed as doubtful for Monday’s game against the Seahawks, which means the Giants likely lean on Matt Breida again. Even after a few limited practices, Barkley was not showing enough progress to actually play a game. He’ll try to get back on the field in Week 5 when the Giants play the Dolphins.
Update, Sept. 29 — Barkley was limited again on Friday. Since the Giants play on Monday night, his official injury status won’t be determined until Saturday, but it feels like he is heading for a questionable tag.
RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) was again limited at Friday’s practice.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 29, 2023
LT Andrew Thomas (hamstring) did not practice.#Giants
Update, Sept. 28 — Barkley did get in a limited practice on Thursday. This was a step in the right direction for him to play this week and could greatly benefit from the extra day to prepare for Monday Night’s matchup.
Update, Sept. 28 — Barkley will practice on Thursday, as the team gets ready for their Monday night game against the Seahawks. He will be limited to individual drills, but this is a good sign for his possible availability in Week 4.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is still very limited ahead of Week 4. Barkley sustained a high ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter in the Giants’ Week 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He did not play in Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers, and his presence was sorely missed — the Giants finished the game with just 29 rushing yards.
Barkley is still questionable for the Giants’ Week 4 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, and has an extra day of recovery before the Monday night game.
RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) won’t be doing much Tuesday during the Giants walk-through. But …— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 26, 2023
“He’s getting better. We’ll see how it goes,” coach Brian Daboll said of this week.
Giants do have the extra day playing Monday night. Will practice Thursday-Saturday. Thursday will be…
Fantasy football implications for Week 4
Backup Matt Breida led the rushing attack in Week 3 and finished with just 17 yards. He did grab a touchdown, but Breida is not exactly a solid addition to a fantasy roster at this point. If Barkley doesn’t play, lean more towards the Giants’ passing game in fantasy — QB Daniel Jones, WR Darius Slayton, WR Parris Campbell, and TE Darren Waller could see an uptick in points.