ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants got good news on the injury front on Sunday Morning as both running back Saquon Barkley and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson have been cleared to play the Denver Broncos.
Week 1 will mark the first time this year that both Barkley and Jackson will be on the field in a game situation.
Barkley has famously been working his way back from the ACL tear he suffered in week 2 of the 2020 season. The Giants have been understandably cautious with Barkley's recovery, holding him out of all three preseason games. The team even held Barkley out of contact in practice until after final cut-downs.
While many are predicting a brief appearance for Barkley, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports that he is being told that Barkley won't be on a snap count this game.
I’m told #Giants are not planning a pitch count for Saquon Barkley. Don’t count on his pre-injury count of 80 percent snaps but he’s not going in knowing with a predetermined limit of X touches or C snaps. Good for fantasy football owners https://t.co/xMr3UZap4S— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) September 12, 2021
Adoree’ Jackson suffered a sprained ankle during inter-squad practices with the New England Patriots. The Giants' depth chart at cornerback was tested during the preseason, and getting Jackson back is welcome news. The team signed Jackson after he was surprisingly cut this spring by the Tennessee Titans. The Giants are likely hoping that Jackson's athleticism will allow them to run more aggressive and varied coverage schemes than they were able to use last year.