Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!
Handling the New England Patriots on Thursday night football just got way more difficult for the New York Giants, who will likely be without several top play-makers.
Star running back Saquon Barkley is a fringe-play, as he’s just 17 days from a high ankle sprained he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barkley has not ruled out the idea that he could play on Thursday, despite reports stating that he’s likely ‘out’ for the contest.
Saquon stated after hearing rumors of his unavailability:
“There has been no decision about Thursday night. I don’t know where it came from that I’m not playing, didn’t come from my mouth or coach Shurmur’s mouth.”
Aside from Barkley’s designation, tight end Evan Engram is the next player to go down, picking up a sprained MCL against the Minnesota Vikings. Realistically, returning from a knee sprain on a short week is not likely, which would leave Big Blue and rookie passer Daniel Jones with minimal talent on the offense.
Head coach Pat Shurmur will have to rely on Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Jon Hilliman as their featured players. Even if the offensive line plays exceptionally well against a solid Patriots defensive front, Jones doesn’t have enough weapons to utilize to overcome such a challenge effectively.
It will be interesting to see how Shrumur approaches this matchup given Barkley, Engram, and Sterling Shepard are all out with personal injuries.
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