New York Giants Olivier Vernon
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Jason Leach

Saquon Barkley was a full participant at practice for the New York Giants on Sunday, but Olivier Vernon was carted off the field with an ankle injury.

The New York Giants were back at the practice field on Sunday for the first time since their victory over the New York Jets on Friday night.

Saquon Barkley was a full participant at practice as he took reps with the first team offense. Running back Jalen Simmons was also a full participant and took reps with the second team offense after spending the prior week in concussion protocol.

Tight end Evan Engram, who suffered a concussion in the game against the Jets, was doing some light running on the side along with safety Darian Thompson as he remains in concussion protocol. Jerell Adams took reps with the first team offense in Engram’s absence.

However, two Giants did not finish Sunday’s afternoon practice for two very different reasons.

First, Olivier Vernon was carted off the field due to an ankle injury. The severity of the injury is not known at this time. After practice, head coach Pat Shurmur spoke about Vernon’s injury.

“Yeah, he kind of just went inside the block and got his feet tangled up. I think it’s his ankle. He’s being evaluated. I don’t have much right now. You don’t want anybody getting hurt. You want guys to be able to practice and stay healthy. We’ll just see. At this point, I don’t have any information.”

Another player who left practice early was backup center Brett Jones who the Giants traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2019 seventh-round draft pick. Jones started 13 games for the Giants last season but was beaten out by Jon Halapio for the starting job.

Shurmur was asked if Halapio beating out Jones was the reason the Giants decided to part ways with Jones.

“No, I think the trade was good for both (Minnesota and us). We got a pick in return for Brett Jones. He’s one of my favorite guys and he’s going to a really good place. With their situation in the offensive line, he’s going to have a chance to compete to maybe be their starter. I’m pretty familiar with their situation and he’s going to a very good place, so I’m happy for him, because he’s a real likeable guy. He works hard, he’s tough, and I feel like if he can’t be here – I tell the players all the time, we want you all to be here; if you can’t be here, we want you to be somewhere good, and that’s a good place.”

The Giants will be back on the practice field on Monday morning as they prepare for their preseason finale against the Patriots on Thursday.

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.