Saquon Barkley took a giant step forward on Monday in his comeback from a season-ending injury he suffered last year.
Barkley had been a limited participant in the New York Giants‘ practices so far in training camp. It appears those days are behind him.
The Giants announced on Monday that they have removed Barkley from Physically Unable to Perform List. In other words, Barkley is back. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft will be a full-go in the Giants’ Monday afternoon practice.
This is massive news for one of the best running backs in the NFL.
Saquon Barkley returns to practice today pic.twitter.com/tLdE7COTOR
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 9, 2021
Joe Judge and the New York Giants had been very cautious with Saquon Barkley up to this point. They didn’t see any incentive to rush the former Penn State star back into action. They’ve, instead, taken their time in getting him out on the practice field.
“In terms of a player like Saquon and a timetable coming back, he’s making daily progress,” Judge told reporters last week, via 247Sports. “I know it sounds like a broken record, but that’s important for us to see coming off an injury like this. You want to make sure that it’s not push forward and take a step back.’’
As long as Barkley doesn’t suffer any more setbacks, it looks like he’ll be ready to give it a go in Week 1 of the 2021 season. The Giants kickoff this year’s campaign on Sept. 12 when they will host the Denver Broncos.