This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
The New York Giants
The Giants have been a surprisingly fantasy friendly team since Daniel Jones took over as quarterback. Unfortunately, injuries have limited player availability and prevented players like Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard a chance to build on the team's success.
It starts in the backfield as Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley remains limited by a high ankle sprain sustained in Week 3. The initial estimate for his return to play was six to eight weeks, though Barkley is clearly ahead of those projections. He has been an active participant in individuals drills, working closely with the team's medical and performance staff. The important take away here is that he was able to perform lateral motion and change-of-direction exercises. These movements stress the sprained ligaments, testing the integrity of the joint. If he can continue to progress, Barkley has a legitimate chance to return a bit earlier than believed. The Pro Bowler has been present for the team's early week practices, but it remains unlikely that he suits up Thursday against the Patriots. Look for Barkley to return to action in Week 7 against the Cardinals.
Barkley's backup is also questionable for Thursday night after Gallman suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the team's loss to the Vikings. The head injury prevented him from building on his Week 4 performance when he totaled 118 yards for scrimmage and scored two touchdowns. The shortened week of preparation makes it doubtful Gallman will have adequate time to