Saquon Barkley returns to Giants practice

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Saquon Barkley on field with ball in blue jersey
Saquon Barkley on field with ball in blue jersey

Giants RB Saquon Barkley has been activated off the PUP list and is participating in Giants practice on Monday.

The Giants also activated LB Oshane Ximines off the PUP list.

Barkley had been non-committal when it came to when he'd return, preferring to let the recovery process play out rather than make predictions, but his activation and the plan to get him back on the field is a major step as he works his way back from knee surgery.

Upon his activation, head coach Joe Judge said that Barkley will not be in team drills, including 11-on-11s or 7-on-7s just yet, but rather, individual training for now.

Judge also said that Barkley being back at practice doesn't necessarily change his timetable for appearing in games. Barkley also told reporters he still is unsure if he will be active for Week 1.

“As they keep green lighting Saquon to do more and more, we’re gonna let him do more and more. I always say all the time that I’m not the doctor. I’m gonna listen to our guys that are ... hands on with his rehab," Judge said. "There’s only so much you can do at a certain point with the trainers and strength coaches on the field by yourself. It’s time to get him moving forward, and as long as they say it’s safe for him to do, we’ll go and push on pushing for it."

Barkley last played for the Giants during Week 2 of the 2020 season, when he suffered a torn ACL.

The Giants play their first of three preseason games when they face the Jets on Aug. 14. They play the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 22 and the New England Patriots on Aug. 29 in what is their preseason finale.

While Barkley appearing in one of those preseason games hasn't been ruled out, it's fair to believe that a much likelier scenario for his first game action since the injury will be Week 1 of the regular season against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 12 at MetLife Stadium.