Giants not ruling out Saquon Barkley for Thursday battle vs. 49ers, Updated NFC East Odds

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.
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Don’t rule out the New York Giants’ All-Pro running back just yet.

Giants head coach Brian Daboll said that Saquon Barkley while recovering from a low-grade ankle sprain, is not expected to be a game-time decision before the team takes on the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football. 

“I’m not saying he’s out yet. He’s a quick healer. … He feels a lot better today. I just talked to him. We’ll see where we’re at,” Daboll said Wednesday afternoon. “Saquon is a lot better than I thought he would be today… he might heal a little bit different than another player if you will, so we’ll just take it day-to-day with him.”

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New York’s head coach said the running back was in better spirits as the team prepares on a short week coming off a historical comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night. 

Barkley, before suffering his ankle injury, had over 90 yards of total offense but under four yards per carry. He went off the field before New York’s game-winning field goal to notch their first win of the 2023 season. While ankle injuries like his usually mean that he will miss time, the Giants will take the decision for Thursday right up until kickoff. 

The Giants and 49ers are scheduled to open Week 3 of the NFL season Thursday night on Prime Video. 

Updated NFC East Odds Winner 2023-24

  • Dallas Cowboys +105
  • Philadelphia Eagles +105
  • Washington Commanders +1300
  • New York Giants +2300

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