[UPDATED: 12:21 p.m. ET]: The New York Giants have made it official, activating running back Saquon Barkley from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The running back is returning from a torn ACL suffered in Week 2 of the 2020 season.
Linebacker Oshane Ximines (hamstring) has also been removed from the PUP list.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post is reporting that the New York Giants could activate running back Saquon Barkley off of the PUP list this week.
Saquon is back.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 9, 2021
Star running back set to come off PUP list and begin practicing with the Giants this week.https://t.co/FEgwMKEFTB
The tweet engages in a bit of hyperbole and the report is vague, but the return of Barkley would certainly be welcome news for the Giants.
The report is credited to a "source" and as of this writing nothing has been confirmed by other outlets or the team itself.
Schwartz takes care to emphasize that while Barkley -- who has been seen working with trainers on the side during practices -- will begin practicing with the team, the Giants will continue to be cautious with his rehab. Barkley isn't expected to play in any of the Giants' preseason games, and his exact timeline remains uncertain. The Giants' first priority is avoiding setbacks in his recovery or reinjury.
Ralph Vacchiano is reporting Barkley’s activation could be on Monday, though the Giants will be “very, very cautious.”
All the latest on Saquon Barkley and his expected return to practice.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 9, 2021
That said, if Barkley is able to begin practicing with the team it should be a good sign for his being ready to play Week 1.
We'll bring you more updates as we get them.