Saquon Barkley’s Absence Looms Large: New York Giants Face Tough Challenge
New York Giants’ star running back, Saquon Barkley, remains sidelined for the third consecutive game due to an ankle injury, casting a shadow over the team’s performance against the Miami Dolphins.
Barkley, initially listed as questionable, faced limited practice sessions last week and required re-taping of his right ankle during Friday’s early practice. Despite expressing cautious optimism on Thursday, he refrained from making any guarantees about his return to the field in Miami.
The injury to Barkley occurred during the Giants’ Week 2 triumph against the Arizona Cardinals. Sources close to the situation indicated that the two-time Pro Bowler was expected to miss approximately three weeks.
As the Giants (1-3) take on the challenge, Matt Breida is anticipated to maintain his role as the primary running back. The team, which has suffered consecutive losses with a staggering combined point deficit of 39, faces an uphill battle, with an NFL-worst point differential of minus-76 this season.
Compounding the Giants’ challenges is the absence of key offensive linemen, including All-Pro left tackle Andrew Thomas (hamstring), rookie starting center John Michael Schmitz (shoulder), and guard Shane Lemieux (groin).
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