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Giants RB Devontae Booker is a surprise healthy scratch for today's game vs. the Falcons. Booker had been serving as New York's #2 RB. That job will now fall to rookie Gary Brightwell. Booker's absence can only be good news for RB Saquon Barkley's workload.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) is officially active for today’s opener against the Broncos. It’ll be his first game action since tearing his ACL last September 20. Barkley came off the PUP list on August 9 but didn’t take contact in practice until 10 days ago. He remained limited in practice this week. And NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that Barkley will be "eased in" and "used sparingly” today. It’s unclear exactly what that means for his workload — but don’t expect a full-go Barkley.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) will be "eased in" and "used sparingly" in today's opener vs. the Broncos, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweets. "He’ll get snaps, but the team won’t put him at risk so early," Rapoport adds. So it sounds like Barkley will be on some type of snap or touch count in his 1st game since last September's torn ACL. Exactly how much work he'll garner is unclear. Consider Barkley a risk/reward RB2 in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) has been medically cleared and is expected to play in Sunday's opener vs. the Broncos, ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports. This has been the expectation for a while now. We're still hoping to get a report on what type of workload Barkley is in line for in his 1st action since last September's torn ACL. For now, Barkley sits in mid-range RB2 territory in the Week 1 rankings.

The Giants listed RB Saquon Barkley (knee) as questionable for Sunday's opener against the Broncos. He was limited in all 3 practices but had a "promising" week, HC Joe Judge said. We're fully expecting Barkley to play this weekend -- although just how much work he'll handle remains a question. Stay tuned to Shark Bites for updates.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) has had a "promising" week of practice, HC Joe Judge said Friday. Judge added that it'd take a setback for Barkley to not be ready for Sunday's opener vs. the Broncos. We'll see how Barkley is listed on the final injury report, but he can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Get used to seeing him listed as "limited." Barring a setback over the next couple of days, Barkley is expected to play agains the Broncos this weekend.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ACL) is "close to being fully cleared," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "The team needs to watch him through Thursday to gauge how his body responds to the workload. But he’s close," Rapoport adds. Barkley has been trending toward playing in Sunday's opener vs. the Broncos for a while now. We're not expecting a full workload, but Barkley still sits inside the top 20 in our Week 1 RB Rankings.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley is expected to play Week 1, but the Giants will likely limit his workload, per Dan Duggan of The Athletic. “The hope is that he can return to being a workhorse as the year progresses,” Duggan writes. "But he might never return to playing 83 percent of the offensive snaps like he did in his first two seasons.” A slow start is pretty much assumed after Barkley saw limited camp reps. It’s also worth noting that the Giants play on Thursday night in Week 2 (at Washington) after squaring off with Denver in the opener. That tough stretch only adds risk to Barkley’s early-season outlook. Still, we remain optimistic on his RB1 prospects longer-term.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley practiced with contact Thursday for the 1st time since his ACL tear last September. "We did a normal practice safely and just talked to the guys and [they] gave me some good shots," Barkley said, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "But it's [about] route running and running routes just to get me back in the flow of things, so I guess you could say yes [I took my first hit]." It doesn't sound like he took a lot of contact, but any change on that front is a positive development.

There's a "strong chance" Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) plays in next Sunday's opener vs. the Giants, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "Team won't decide until next week and has been cautious so could still hold him back. But there is optimism," Fowler adds. Barkley has been trending in the right direction for the past few weeks, so we're expecting to see him out there come Week 1. The question will be how big a workload he'll be able to handle. We'll continue to keep you updated.

The Giants released RB Corey Clement. It looked like he might be pushing for the #2 RB role early in camp, but Clement (predictably) faded. Devontae Booker is locked in as Saquon Barkley's handcuff. Rookie RB Gary Brightwell is currently the #3.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) participated in live drills in joint practice with the Patriots on Thursday and said he "felt good." Barkley was still sporting a non-contact jersey but said he wasn't thinking about his surgically repaired knee. It's another important step as he pushes to be cleared for Week 1.

Giants HC Joe Judge described RB Saquon Barkley's return to practice on Monday as "very encouraging." Judge added that Barkley's work is an "extension of his rehab" right now. The team continues to take it slow with its star RB coming off a multi-ligament knee injury. But it sure seems like Barkley is trending in the right direction.

The Giants have officially activated RB Saquon Barkley off the PUP, according to The Associated Press. This falls in line with earlier reports. We'll see about his participation level and reports on how he looks in the coming weeks. We'll also keep tabs on his ADP. Barkley has often slipped to Round 2 in recent drafting.

Giants HC Joe Judge said Monday that it'll be a "slow buildup" for RB Saquon Barkley (knee) in his return to practice. He'll be limited to individual drills to start. No surprise there. Judge also reiterated that Barkley's status for the start of the season remains uncertain. We'll closely track his progress over the next month.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) is expected to be activated from the PUP list and return to practice this week, insider Zack Rosenblatt reports. Barkley is now about 10.5 months removed from his multi-ligament knee injury and about 9.5 months removed from surgery. The Giants have taken a cautious approach bringing him back -- an approach that could continue into the season. ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported back in May that Barkley's workload could be limited early on. And NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said just a few days ago that Barkley might miss the first 2 games altogether. We'll see how he fares in practice over the next month.

Giants RB Corey Clement has outplayed RB Devontae Booker in camp so far, according to insider Zack Rosenblatt. "Booker is still the top backup," Rosenblatt concedes. "But he’s not necessarily performing like it." The Giants gave Booker a 2-year, $5.5 million deal in free agency vs. Clement's 1-year deal worth a little less than a million. So the team was likely banking on Booker winning the backup job behind RB Saquon Barkley. But that contract isn't big enough to guarantee him anything. We'll continue to monitor this situation, but there's no strong handcuff to Barkley right now.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that, "The Giants will likely see RB Saquon Barkley by Week 3 and although no one will rush him, no one has completely ruled out Week 1, either." Both Barkley and the Giants coaching staff have hinted all offseason that the star back might be not ready come Week 1 -- but this is the first real timetable for a debut we've gotten. "This is a long-term play," Rapoport adds. "No one is gonna rush Saquon on the field." A healthy Barkley still has a fantasy ceiling that rises near the top of his position. But fantasy owners should plan to potentially be without him for the first game or 2. And he probably won't be back to 100% until October at the earliest.

As expected, the Giants signed RB Alfred Morris on Monday. The 32-year-old averaged 4.3 yards on 55 carries for the G-Men last season. He's mere backfield depth for the team this summer as they continue to monitor RB Saquon Barkley's rehab.

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