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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 3 against the Buccaneers. Here's the latest on his prognosis and potential timeframe to return...


Oct. 13, 9:03 PM: 

Saquon Barkley watched from the sideline Thursday in the Giants' 35-14 loss at the New England Patriots in Week 6, but the running back could return for next Sunday's 1 p.m. ET game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Oct 21, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) runs doing the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 21, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) runs doing the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Giants are still in a holding pattern when it comes to Saquon Barkley's availability for next Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Needing some depth at the running back position, the Giants on Friday signed four-year veteran Javorius "Buck" Allen.

Pat Shurmur gave a very noncommittal 'We'll see" answer on Friday regarding Barkley's status. 

The team reportedly worked out three running backs on Friday, according to ESPN's Field Yates: CJ Anderson, Akeem Hunt, and Allen, with Allen ultimately inking a deal with the team.  

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Daniel Jones on New England loss 00:00:53
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones reflects on his poor performance against the New England Patriots, knows he has to play better.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The fourth start of Eli Manning's career back in 2004 was an unmitigated disaster. He was lost that day against the Baltimore Ravens. He looked rattled, completing only four of his 18 passes. He threw two interceptions and was eventually benched.

On the train ride back to New Jersey that night, Manning had a long, heart-to-heart talk with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and the next day he met with Tom Coughlin to do the same. They figured out a way for him to get comfortable in the offense. They discussed the plays that worked best and the ones he liked to run.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - No one ever thought it was going to be easy for Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

OK, that's not true. A lot of people thought he was the elixir that was going to cure everything that ails the Giants. But the reality always was that once he was given Eli Manning's old job, the 2019 season became all about his growth and learning on the job. 

So consider his encounter with Tom Brady on Thursday night another difficult learning experience for the 22-year-old. He threw three interceptions and struggled most of the night, going 15 of 31 for 161 yards in a 35-14 loss to the defending Super Bowl champs.

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Daniel Jones expectations vs. NE 00:01:24
Giants QB Daniel Jones will be facing a stingy Patriots defense. SNY's Jon Jastremski and Sal Licata discuss their expectations for Jones.

As the Giants look to rebound, they do so without four of their best players on offense.

Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) joined running back Wayne Gallman and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who have concussions, Wednesday as out for Thursday's game against the New England Patriots.

Facing the NFL's No. 1 unit in the three categories of 6.8 points, 160.4 passing yards and 238.4 total yards per game, the key absences and short turnaround for Week 6 puts more pressure on Daniel Jones, but the Giants (2-3) need the rookie quarterback and others to step up at the Patriots (5-0).

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Without either of its top two running backs available for Week 6's game against the New England Patriots, the New York Giants offense turns to third- and fourth-string players on the depth chart.

The injured Giants (2-3) get the undefeated Patriots (5-0) Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET after the team ruled out starter Saquon Barkley (ankle) and backup Wayne Gallman (concussion) among four offensive players sidelined, throwing the next men up into the spotlight.

Those are Eli Penny and Jon Hilliman, who have ascended to the top of the rotation after they started their 2019 campaigns as afterthoughts behind the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year and a third-year Giant.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

As if the Giants had enough ground to make up for Thursday against the Patriots, New York now enters the Week 6 game at New England without several keys players on offense.

Running back Saquon Barkely (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) are officially ruled out for the Giants' 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., as are wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) and running back Wayne Gallman (concussion).

The Giants announced the news Wednesday on Twitter.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Only one day remains for the Giants to prepare for the undefeated Patriots, who they'll face on the road in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football. And that preparation includes trying to be as healthy as possible playing on a short week. 

For the Giants' offense, it has been rough. Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard will more than likely be out with their concussions suffered from the loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Saquon Barkley's high ankle sprain has recovered remarkably with him seen cutting and running at practice for a little over a week now, but it's still uncertain that he plays. And finally, Evan Engram reportedly has a sprained MCL in his left knee, which could sideline him, too. 

Those are a lot of playmakers to be without, but luckily on the defensive side of the ball, things are a tad brighter. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Shurmur wouldn't bite on Barkley 00:01:30
No matter how many times reporters asked, or how they asked, Pat Shurmur didn't want to talk about Saquon Barkley and his status.

With both sides of the ball riddled with injuries, having a short week -- on the road against the undefeated Patriots nonetheless -- isn't ideal for the Giants, to say the least. And head coach Pat Shurmur doesn't really want to talk about it. 

Speaking after practice on Tuesday, Shurmur didn't go deep into his injury situation that involves Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard dealing with concussions, Saquon Barkley still up in the air with his high ankle sprain, and now Evan Engram potentially being out with what ESPN's Adam Schefter is hearing as a sprained MCL on his left knee. Lorenzo Carter was also limited once again with a neck injury. 

But, other than Gallman and Shepard's documented concussions and being in the protocol, he was mute.

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Evan Engram (Robert Deutsch)
Evan Engram (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants' offense just keeps taking blows, as TE Evan Engram looks to have suffered a sprained MCL, per ESPN's Adam Schefter

Engram was out of practice on Monday with what head coach Pat Shurmur called "game soreness."

It is unknown which knee it is, but Engram suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain on his right knee in Week 3 last season. In turn, he missed the next three games in what was a tough sophomore season where he couldn't really get into a groove with his injuries. He also suffered a hamstring strain later in that season. 

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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during warm ups before a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during warm ups before a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur met with the media late in the afternoon Monday and gave an update on the status of multiple players after the team went through walkthroughs instead of practice.

Saquon Barkley has been making progress over the last few weeks and has been eyeing Thursday night's game against the Patriots as his return game, as first reported by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, but Barkley was listed as "limited" for today's simulated practice, and Shurmur has yet to declare Barkley ready.

Shurmur did say "there's a possibility" Barkley plays Thursday and that he is "closer than he was last week."

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Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)
Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)

In his young career, Giants running back Saquon Barkley has yet to face the New England Patriots. Still, due to his ankle injury, it's questionable whether or not the Giants' workhorse will get that chance in Week 6.

The Giants and Patriots meet on a short week, as the two face each other at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football to kickoff Week 6 of the NFL's weekend slate. 

If Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had his way, Barkley's debut against the Pats will be put on hold.

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Golden Tate missed the first four games of this season due to a controversial PED suspension. And after being nearly as invisible in Week 5's loss to the Vikings during what was his Giants debut, Tate seemed disappointed. 

Tate was targeted just six times on Sunday, reeling in three catches for 13 yards -- with a long of five yards.

Asked after the game if he thought his limited role on Sunday would become the norm, Tate said he hoped not.

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Giants fall to 2-3 00:01:22
Pat Shurmur and Daniel Jones discuss the Giants inability to take advantage of opportunities throughout their loss to the Vikings

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a wonderful first two games as the starting quarterback of the Giants, Daniel Jones got a taste of what Eli Manning had to endure over most of the previous six years:

Life as a quarterback on a bad team.

There was pretty much nothing Jones could do with a depleted rushing attack behind him, a struggling offensive line in front of him, and a porous defense on the other side - all things that should feel very, very familiar to his current backup. He was 21 of 38 for 182 yards, which isn't exactly good, but also was about what was expected considering he was making his third NFL start and was facing the NFL's sixth-ranked defense (and maybe the league's best secondary).

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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) commits a facemask penalty while tackling New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) commits a facemask penalty while tackling New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants running back Wayne Gallman was taken into the locker room during Sunday's matchup with the Vikings to be evaluated for a concussion. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported and confirmed that Gallman will be out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Gallman was shaken up after a run in the first quarter and walked off the field slowly before heading back into the locker room. Gallman carryed the ball twice for 14 yards before leaving the game.

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Giants to face Vikes and Pats 00:01:39
The schedule gets much tougher for the Giants who face the Vikings and Patriots in a 5-day span

The Giants will play two games in a span of five days this week, as they face the Vikings Sunday afternoon and then the Patriots on Thursday night.

This five day stretch will be one of the biggest tests in rookie QB Daniel Jones' early career, not only because of the time crunch at hand, but also due to the level of play that take place on those fields.

Both the Vikings and Patriots hold Top 6 defenses in the early goings this season, and the Giants will already be without Saquon Barkley for yet another game due to a high ankle sprain he suffered a few weeks back. 

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

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The miracle comeback by Saquon Barkley now seems like a matter of when -- not if. But the "when" is not likely to be this Sunday.

It's much more likely to be next Thursday in New England instead.

While no one would officially close the door on Barkley playing this Sunday at home against the Minnesota Vikings -- especially since Giants head coach Pat Shurmur won't slam the door shut -- a source familiar with the team's plans said their real target is the Oct. 10 game in New England.

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Saquon is working his way back 00:02:02
Saquon Barkley won't reveal if he'll play against the Vikings on Sunday, as he works his way back from injury quicker than most thought

It remains unclear whether or not Giants running back Saquon Barkley will be on the field Sunday when his team hosts the Minnesota Vikings for their Week 5 matchup. 

Despite suffering a high ankle sprain in a win over the Bucaneers in Week 3 and an initial expectation of a much longer absence, Barkley has been out on the practice field the past two days putting in the work to get back as quickly as possible. 

For the second-year pro out of Penn State, it's simply business as usual.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

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Saquon Barkley was sitting on a stool in the locker room in Tampa, unable to stand. He had a boot on his right foot, crutches nearby, and a defiant tone in his voice.

"Whatever (the injury is), I promise you I'm coming back 10 times better," Barkley said back on Sept. 22. "I'm going to try and return as quickly as possible, whenever it is, to heal so I can get back to help my team compete. That's what I'm going to try to do."

The 22-year-old Barkley sounded hopeful for a quick return, but he also sounded a little naïve. He had a high ankle sprain. Multiple sources inside the Giants organization initially said he'd be out at least a month. By the next day, they were worried it might be two.

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There has been a dark cloud that has hovered over the Meadowlands for far too long. Too many years where the atmosphere felt stale, where it felt like a stretch to find any actual hope.

It doesn't feel that way around the Giants anymore.

"The energy is just different," said center Jon Halapio.

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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) runs for a touchdown against Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson (35) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) runs for a touchdown against Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson (35) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

At running back, the Giants needed all hands on deck for Week 4's pivotal matchup against the Redskins.

Without second-year starter Saquon Barkley, who suffered an ankle injury last Sunday during Week 3's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York turned to several next men up with Washington on deck.

Led by third-year pro Wayne Gallman, three running backs answered the call as the Giants (2-2) took care of business against the winless Redskins (0-4) with Sunday's 24-3 win at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Giants improve to 2-2 00:01:29
Pat Shurmur, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez and Daniel Jones on the Giants win over Washington

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Daniel Jones reminded everyone on Sunday that he's human.

He also reminded everyone that he's resilient, too.

The Giants' 22-year-old rookie quarterback struggled a bit in his home debut and threw the first two interceptions of his NFL career. But he bounced back each time, never looked rattled, and made more than enough plays to help the Giants beat the Redskins 24-3 to improve to 2-2.

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Giants look keep winning 00:01:40
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano analyzes the importance of the Giants winning this Sunday's game against the woeful Redskins

The Giants are already down the key piece in their offense in Saquon Barkley. Now two important parts to their defense will be out in Week 4 when they host the Washington Redskins. 

On the team's final injury report released prior to Sunday's kick, linebackers Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) were listed as out. Neither practiced this week. 

In their place, expect to see more of rookie Ryan Connelly, who will call defensive plays, along with David Mayo and Nate Stupar.

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jon Hilliman (23) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jon Hilliman (23) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With Saquon Barkley out for a few weeks, the Giants had to add another running back to the backfield. They hosted a few veterans this week, but they're going to dip into their practice squad instead with RB Jon Hilliman signed to an NFL contract. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur noted that a roster move would be coming soon, and when asked about his practice squad players that he's seen at practice, Shurmur immediately mentioned how well Hilliman has been doing. 

"Jon Hilliman obviously has done a nice job for us through training camp," Shurmur told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "We have him here because we feel like he's got a chance to be a good player."

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It looks like the Giants will be getting WR Cody Latimer back after the latest injury report on Thursday. 

Latimer, who had been dealing with a concussion and was out Week 3, was a full practice participant and should be set to go on Sunday against the Redskins. That would be a big return to the receiving corps that should be full go once Golden Tate returns from his suspension next week. 

Also, OLB Lorenzo Carter was upgraded to a full practice participant after being limited with an elbow injury on Wednesday. 

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Sep 23, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (8) throws during the second half against the Chicago Bears at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 23, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (8) throws during the second half against the Chicago Bears at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Giants host the Redskins in Week 4 and are hoping rookie quarterback Daniel Jones repeats his magic once again. 

But there's a bit of a question mark surrounding the Redskins QB position. Starter Case Keenum (foot) is banged up, but things don't appear to be serious.

But if he can't go, it might actually be backup QB Colt McCoy, not rookie Dwayne Haskins, taking the snaps as QB2. McCoy returned from a leg injury he suffered last season. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants still have a confidence about them, even though they know they're missing their best player. They think they can survive life without Saquon Barkley, even if it turns out to be for the next two months.

But make no mistake about it: Life without Barkley is not going to be easy. And that's true even if quarterback Daniel Jones continues to look as super as he did in his NFL debut. Defenses will find the Giants easier to defend. Running the ball will become a challenge. And there's just no way they can take a player like Barkley out of their lineup and be as good as they were.

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Pat Shumur on Saquon's decision 00:01:40
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur addresses Saquon Barkley getting a second opinion on his ankle sprain, and replacing him with Wayne Gallman

For the first time in his early career, Giants star RB Saquon Barkley will be missing a regular season game on Sunday when the Redskins come to town. And he's expected to miss a few more as well with his high ankle sprain. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur addressed Barkley getting a second opinion on his injury from foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, which SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

"That's typical of what you see these days," Shurmur said. "More often, guys get second opinions. They're just not as public as this one is."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Three days after Daniel Jones rallied the Giants from a 28-10 deficit and led a last-minute game-winning drive in his debut as the starter at quarterback, he has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week.

He received the honors after going 23 of 36 for 336 yards while throwing two touchdowns and rushing for two others -- including the game-winner with just over a minute left in Week 3's win over the Bucs. Jones did not throw an interception. 

Jones is following in the footsteps of Saquon Barkley, who won the award in Week 11 of the 2018 season after he rushed 27 times for 142 yards while scoring two touchdowns. 

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Nov 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker (43) leaps over New York Jets corner back Darryl Roberts (27) as he runs back the opening kickoff during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker (43) leaps over New York Jets corner back Darryl Roberts (27) as he runs back the opening kickoff during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As Saquon Barkley seeks additional opinions about his ankle injury, the Giants worked out a trio of backs on Tuesday.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that Big Blue worked out Fozzy Whittaker, Benny Cunningham and Zach Zenner.

Originally an undrafted free agent signing by the Cardinals, Whittaker was claimed by the Panthers prior to the 2014 season. He played sparingly with Carolina in his four seasons there, rushing for 536 yards on 121 carries while scoring four total touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving). Also an experienced kick returner, Whittaker suffered an ACL injury that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season.

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When the Giants traded star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in March, New York parted ways with one of its top playmakers from the 2018 season.

As a result, the Giants needed a collective effort from other skill players -- running back Saquon Barkley, wide receiver Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram among the headliners -- for the offense to get off the ground in 2019.

While rookie quarterback Daniel Jones gave the Giants (1-2) the spark they needed Sunday in their 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Engram stepped up with a team-high six receptions for 113 yards (18.8 average) -- including a 75-yard touchdown catch.

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Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back C.J. Anderson (26) runs the ball as Buffalo Bills defensive back Captain Munnerlyn (26) atemps to tackle during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back C.J. Anderson (26) runs the ball as Buffalo Bills defensive back Captain Munnerlyn (26) atemps to tackle during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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The Giants' fears were confirmed on Monday morning when they learned that Saquon Barkley will be out 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain. That is an enormous blow to their offense. Barkley is a weapon that simply can't be replaced.

But the Giants will have to try, because the only running back they have on their roster at the moment is Wayne Gallman, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft who is a solid pro, but nowhere near Barkley's class. Gallman will need help - more help than the Giants could get by running fullback Eli Penny more or promoting undrafted rookie John Hilliman off the practice squad.

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Pat Shurmur/Daniel Jones
Pat Shurmur/Daniel Jones

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Pat Shurmur has believed that Daniel Jones was the right quarterback for him and his offense since long before the Giants took him with the sixth overall pick in the draft. He's loved everything about him: His arm, his mobility, his unshakeable demeanor.

Now all Shurmur has to do is convince the Giants that he's the right coach for Jones.

So far, so good, of course, after the 22-year-old rookie's impressive debut in the Giants' come-from-behind, 32-31 win in Tampa on Sunday. Jones did everything anyone could have expected, throwing for 336 yards, making plays on the run, and running for two touchdowns too. And Shurmur seemed unleashed, running what might have been the most creative offensive scheme he's used in his 19 games in New York.

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Shurmur on Saquon Barkley injury 00:01:42
Pat Shurmur confirmed that Saquon Barkley has a high ankle injury and will miss games. He elaborates on the running plan going forward.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley does, in fact, have a high ankle sprain after undergoing an MRI, head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed during a conference call on Tuesday. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano was told by a source Sunday night that a high ankle sprain was the injury the Giants thought Barkley had. 

The timeline for Barkley returning to the team is tricky. Though Shurmur didn't give one, Vacchiano is hearing from a source that it will be 6-8 weeks for Barkley before returning, but there is no knowing for sure because all sprains heal differently.

For instance, Barkley did note after the game that he suffered a high ankle sprain during his freshman year at Penn State, and returned just two weeks later. 

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Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)
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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's game against the Bucs. So the star running back will now be missing around 6-8 weeks, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, which is obviously a big blow to the offense. 

But that doesn't mean the team still can't run the ball. 

That's what head coach Pat Shurmur did, though, when Wayne Gallman took over Barkley's duties in the backfield. He only ran the ball five times for a total 13 yards, as the Bucs defense swallowed up Gallman. Barkley didn't have much success either, rushing for only 10 yards on eigth carries before leaving the contest.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

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TAMPA - Daniel Jones lit a spark under the Giants on Sunday night, and brought a sense of hope and optimism the organization hasn't felt in years.

But the sight of Saquon Barkley on crutches, with a walking boot on his right ankle, was enough to wipe all of those good vibes away.

Barkley, the Giants' best player and one of the most prolific running backs in the NFL, suffered what a source confirmed is a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of the Giants' 32-31. That's not a one-week injury. In fact, the recovery time for that is often more than a month. He'll know more after he undergoes an MRI on Monday.

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Daniel Jones dazzle in debut 00:01:20
Daniel Jones led the Giants to a one point win without Barkley for most of the game. Ralph Vacchanio argues it was the best debut possible

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There was a moment in the second quarter when the mild-mannered, squeaky-clean rookie quarterback shocked his teammates with his mouth. He came roaring into the huddle, screaming at everyone, yelling, "Let's go f----ing score."

They loved it. And on that particular drive, they did.

But when the ultimate moment arrived, with the Giants down six and 75 yards and a little more than three minutes to go to victory, Daniel Jones took a different approach when he approached the huddle. He came out confident and calm, saying, "Let's go win this game, boys."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Giants star running back Saquon Barkley left Sunday's game against the Buccaneers during the second quarter with a high ankle sprain, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Giants will learn more abut Barkley's injury on Monday after the running back undergoes an MRI.

Barkley was tackled down on the left sideline and landed awkwardly, coming up and immediately hopping on one leg, keeping his other off the ground and was noticeably wincing in pain.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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TAMPA -- It was a dazzling debut for Daniel Jones.

Just in case anyone still doubted the Giants knew what they were doing when they made the 22-year-old quarterback the sixth overall pick in the draft, he put on a clinic in his first NFL start on Sunday afternoon. He not only completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, but he engineered an Eli Manning-like, game-winning drive in the final 3 ½ minutes.

It ended on a 4th and 5 from the Bucs 7 when he dropped back, watched as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense parted like a red sea around him, and he took off up the middle, untouched, for a touchdown that gave the Giants a 32-31 lead with 1:16 remaining.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Daniel Jones lived up to the hype in his first career start, running for a pair of seven-yard touchdowns -- including the game-winner scramble with 1:16 left -- Sunday during the Giants' 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

At the end of the Giants' eight play, 75-yard drive -- which started with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter -- Jones dropped back on a fourth-and-five pass.

As the middle of the field opened up, Jones tucked the ball and ran seven yards untouched, across the goal line and into the end zone for the Giants' first lead all game.

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Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) knocks down a pass by Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) knocks down a pass by Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree injured his hamstring in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers and will not return today.

He seemed to pull his hamstring after running down the field with what he thought was a recovered fumble after Dexter Lawrence knocked the ball out of Jameis Winston's hand on a throw. Ogletree slowed down on the run and was knocked over by Jabrill Peppers, who wanted the linebacker to keep on running. 

The play was called dead and was ruled an incomplete pass by Winston. 

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After regular season-opening losses to the Dallas Cowboys (35-17, Sept. 8) and Buffalo Bills (28-14, Sept. 15) in which the offense's ineptitude plagued the team over the course of the first two games, the Giants put their future for 2019 and beyond into Daniel Jones when they face the Tampa Bay Bucanneers.

Ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. kickoff from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the Giants (0-2) turned to the rookie quarterback after second-year head coach Pat Shurmur named the No. 6 overall 2019 NFL draft pick the starter over 16th-year veteran Eli Manning.

While the Giants' move from Manning to Jones assumes that the team has given up on its win-now mode and begun the rebuild, Shurmur emphasized Friday from Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, why the decision took place now.

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Pat Shurmur's hot seat 00:01:14
After switching to Daniel Jones, Ralph Vacchinao argues the Giants will take a hard look at Pat Shurmur and his offense.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Eli Manning raised his last Super Bowl trophy on Feb. 5, 2012, he was at the top of his game. He had carried the Giants that season. He insisted he was "elite" and backed it up.

He had also just turned 31, right in a quarterback's prime, poised for some of the best years of his career.

Then the Giants went out and wasted it all.

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Sterling Shepard talks new QB 00:01:11
Giants WR Sterling Shepard talks about returning from a concussion, and returning to a new QB, as Daniel Jones takes over for Eli Manning.

As the Giants shift from veteran Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receiver remains in question after Cody Latimer made for the latest key absence.

The sixth-year wide receiver, who bumped up the depth chart in each of the 2019 season's first two games after the Giants lost Sterling Shepard last week to a concussion while Golden Tate served the first half of a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, will miss Week 3 with a concussion.

Latimer's second injury came after he entered Week 2 last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, a 28-14 loss at MetLife Stadium that dropped the Giants to 0-2 on the early year, a game in which he was already questionable for following his calf issue earlier last week.

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Barkley reacts to Jones starting 00:01:28
Saquon Barkley reacts to the Giants starting Daniel Jones. He's excited for what it potentially means for him.

Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones, the Giants' last two first-round picks, will be on the field together for the first time in a regular season game on Sunday. The transition has been made from veteran Eli Manning to usher in this new era of Giants football. 

"I guess you can say the future, but like I said, just more excited for him," Barkley told reporters on Thursday.

The dynamic running back has already proven his worth to the team and the rest of the league, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year last season while catapulting his name into the discussion of best running back in the NFL. It's only been one year, but you can say Barkley has already paid his dues and earned the respect of his teammates. There's a "C" on his chest for a reason.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants defense is a disaster and nothing -- not Saquon Barkley, not a quarterback change, not a miracle -- is going to help them salvage the season if the defense continues to play like this.

For the second straight week, the defense was barely a speed bump on the road to another loss, especially in the first half as the Giants fell into a deep hole. The Buffalo Bills racked up 260 yards in the first half alone and scored on three of their first four possessions, all while second-year quarterback Josh Allen was made to look like Johnny Unitas. It all unraveled in a 28-14 loss to the Bills that could have been -- and probably should have been -- worse.

And it's nothing new either. The pass rush is simply nonexistent. Linebacker Markus Golden, imported from Arizona in the hopes that he could revive his career after an ACL injury, had a sack on the second drive. That was good. That was also one of the few times the Giants' pass rush got anywhere near Allen all game. He had all day long to throw, and when he did leave the pocket, no one could catch him.

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After the Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys in their season opener last week, a video of a young Big Blue fan went viral. The child, wearing a Giants jersey, tried to get the autograph of the Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence following the game. 

The Dallas defender wasn't having it. 

Lawrence told the kid to "get the right jersey" and blew him off. 

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Saquon Barkley

After the Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys in their season opener last week, a video of a young Big Blue fan went viral. The child, wearing a Giants jersey, tried to get the autograph of the Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence following the game. 

The Dallas defender wasn't having it. 

Lawrence told the kid to "get the right jersey" and blew him off. 

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Giants thin at wide out 00:00:47
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur discusses how the Giants will have to produce at wide receiver despite being hit by the injury bug.

Sterling Shepard spent the week in concussion protocol, but the fourth-year wide receiver was out on the field Friday as the Giants turned the page from the past weekend's 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants hoped to have Shepard back by the time Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium against the Buffalo Bills arrived, but they instead enter the home opener without one of their top offensive weapons.

After Friday's practice, Shurmur said that Shepard was not entirely held out of action, but there were further steps needed to gain clearance before Sunday's game.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, who has been doing light activity on the side at practice this week while still in concussion protocol, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills. 

Along with Shepard, the Giants will also be without Darius Slayton, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Adding to the wide receiver injury woes, Cody Latimer is questionable for Sunday's game due to a calf injury.

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