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Sport: Giants' Saquon Barkley unlikely to return from ankle injury until Week 9 matchup with Raiders

Giants' Saquon Barkley out vs. Jets, ‘definitely hopeful’ for Week 1

  Giants' Saquon Barkley out vs. Jets, ‘definitely hopeful’ for Week 1 Optimism seems to be increasing regarding Barkley being on the field for Week 1.According to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, Giants head coach Joe Judge confirmed Barkley won't play in this coming Saturday's preseason opener against the New York Jets. Judge did, however, leave the door open for Barkley to receive some carries in the subsequent two exhibition contests.

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Saquon Barkley isn't ready to return this week for the New York Giants, and probably not next week, either. The 24-year-old continues to nurse a sprained ankle suffered in the team's loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 -- leaving in the first quarter and not returning. He's missed each game since and while the Giants ready to take on the Carolina Panthers, they hope to be without Barkley for only one more contest thereafter, with Barkley reportedly likely to return in Week 9 to help battle the Las Vegas Raiders at MetLife Stadium, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

It's not impossible for Barkley to suit up in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but it sounds like a long shot. There's also the additional variable of the Giants bye week, which lands in Week 10, and should the Giants decide to hold him out against the Raiders as well -- to guarantee that much more rest -- it might increase the odds of Barkley being much closer to 100 percent before he starts taking handoffs again from Daniel Jones going into the most important half of the season.

Saquon Barkley injury update plus early waivers

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The Giants are doing all they can to weather the storm of an absent Barkley, a challenge they've recently become accustomed to, considering he played in only two games in 2020, his season ending after suffering a torn ACL. They have their work cut out for them though, to say the least, with Kenny Golladay and rookie first-round pick Kadarius Toney also missing time due to a knee and an ankle injury, respectively. And while they'll take the field in Week 7, receivers John Ross and Sterling Shepard are both dealing with hamstring injuries that have them at less than full throttle.

The sooner they can get Barkley back on the field, the better, as the Giants sit at 1-5 on the season and Barkley tries to desperately dispel the growing narrative regarding his availability with contract talks looming in the near future.

Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia thanks Jon Gruden, looks to move team forward

  Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia thanks Jon Gruden, looks to move team forward Following his first practice since taking over for Jon Gruden, longtime NFL assistant Rich Bisaccia emphasizes ideals of "diversity, inclusion, social justice."Bisaccia, a longtime assistant and special teams coach under Gruden with the Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, began his first news conference with a statement acknowledging the unusual circumstances.

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Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 9 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks .
Start Adrian Peterson and Derrick Gore? Just what the hell is going on here? We try to figure it all out and help with your Week 9 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions. Get lineup advice and NFL DFS tips.It's another four-team bye week, with Washington, Detroit, Seattle, and Tampa getting the week off. We'll miss key players from every team, and when you combine that with some of the injury/inactive worries (Saquon Barkley, James Robinson, Dak Prescott, Calvin Ridley, Noah Fant, Sterling Shepard, etc.), fantasy owners are forced to dig deep for at least a couple starters. If you assess the matchups, study the usage trends, and balance risk-vs.

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