The New York Giants are counting on rookie running back Saquon Barkley to shoulder a heavy load on offense this season. Keeping him healthy is imperative.
So when reports emerged today that Barkley may have injured his leg in practice and he later had it wrapped, well Giants fans may have begun to worry.
They can breathe easy, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. Barkley "tweaked" his hamstring earlier, and Russini says the team feels he is fine.
This is a sign of relief for the Giants. The team can ill afford to lose Barkley in the preseason, and they've already seen division rival Washington lose rookie Derrius Guice to a torn ACL in his first preseason game. Guice was expected to play a major role for the Redskins this season.
Barkley's preseason debut went much better. He rushed for 43 yards on five carries, including this 39-yard burst on his first NFL touch.
The Giants will continue exhibition action on the road Friday when they take on the Detroit Lions. We'll have to see if Barkley plays in that contest.
Without question, New York will be as cautious with their No. 2 overall pick as possible.