Three key New York Giants players excluded against New England
The New York Giants are planning a dress rehearsal for their team on Sunday night when they host the New England Patriots. But around half of the football the starters are expected to play in, very important members of the offense will be missing.
Head coach Joe Judge has confirmed running back Saquon Barkley, wide receiver Kenny Golladay and tight end Kyle Rudolph will not be in Sunday’s preseason. All three are recovering from physical illnesses and have strived to speed up the season under the watchful eye of the coaches.
Barkley, who is coming back from a torn ACL, has been slowly incorporated into the team drills, competing in an eight-on-seven and 11-on-11 combination of eight drills in Thursday’s padded practice against the Patriots. Barkley, however, wore a “non-contact” red jersey for training, as New York was very deliberate in bringing him with him.
Still, the judge admitted that at some point Barkley would need to snap a few snaps to prepare for the season ahead. But with the clock ticking – the Giants held a practice session on Friday and will do it again on Saturday – there are questions as to whether the Giants will have enough time and opportunity to get some hits. from Barkley.
âI would say there is plenty of time to get a lot done,â Judge said Thursday. “Again, the medical team will play a big role in making everyone available for specific parts, but as we build it steadily grows every week, grows in volume, grows load.”
The judge declined to guess if Barkley would be ready for Week 1 when he spoke to reporters ahead of practice on Friday.
Rudolph’s absence for Sunday night’s game comes as no surprise given that he was just activated on the PUP roster on Wednesday. The Giants tight end just had off-season foot surgery he had in late March, but has recently done a lot more in terms of runs and passing.
He participated in two training sessions, both organized outside of team exercises. Before undergoing his surgery, Rudolph has told reporters on several occasions that he is determined not to miss any football, but it is still too early to say if he will achieve that goal.
Golladay treated a hamstring strain that was not considered serious. After being injured a few weeks ago, he was able to leave the field on his own. The Giants took advantage of the moment of the injury by allowing Golladay to rest his hamstrings as much as possible to avoid a setback. However, his availability for the Broncos is still uncertain.
The judge did not say whether rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney and cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson (ankle) would play against the Patriots on Sunday. Still, it’s probably a safe guess that neither will be in the lineup after spending the past week working with coaches next door.
Toney’s first NFL training camp was tough. He started camping on the reserve / COVID-19 list and then once he started his ramp up he suffered an undisclosed injury that is believed to be related to his loss of conditioning.
The judge said they would see where Toney is in his recovery and go from there.