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For the first time since tweaking his left hamstring on Aug. 13, Saquon Barkley was a participant at New York Giants practice on Wednesday.

The New York Giants held their final practice on Wednesday before their third preseason game against the New York Jets on Friday night.

It was a light practice as the team practiced without pads to make sure they’re physically rested for Friday’s game where the starters are expected to play at least the first half.

There was a welcome sight on the Giants practice field on Wednesday as running back Saquon Barkley was a limited participant. This was the first time since tweaking his left hamstring on Aug. 13 that Barkley participated in practice.

Although he participated in practice, it’s unknown if Barkley will play against the Jets.

After practice, head coach Pat Shurmur spoke about Barkley’s return, but wouldn’t elaborate on whether or not he’ll play on Friday.

“Well, he practiced today, so he’s getting back out there. He’s coming back from his tweak.”

Another running back who was back on the practice field and was also a limited participant on Wednesday was Jalen Simmons who was wearing a red non-contact jersey. Simmons had been in concussion protocol this week and with Friday’s game less than 48 hours away, it’s unlikely he’ll play.

Other news & notes

Odell Beckham Jr. once again had a solid practice as he was a full participant and returned kickoffs. Despite not playing in an NFL game in 10 months, he appears to be in midseason form. Whether or not he’ll play on Friday is another question.

Shurmur was asked if it’s important for Beckham to play in the preseason.

“We try to be smart with it. He’s gotten so much work behind the scenes; we’ll just have to see how it plays out.”

At the conclusion of the Giants first team offense running a two-minute drill, placekicker Aldrick Rosas missed a field goal attempt. This has to be a concern for Shurmur as Rosas also missed a field goal attempt on Monday, and missed seven field goals a season ago.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.