Wayne Gallman
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The New York Giants believe in their backup running back Wayne Gallman, who’ll have to take over due to the Saquon Barkley injury.

On Monday, it was officially reported that New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley would miss some time. After sustaining a high ankle sprain in the midst of Big Blue’s big victory in Tampa Bay, it was reported Barkley would be out four to eight weeks. That means he’ll return anywhere between the team’s Week 7 and 12 games. New York has a bye during Week 11.

The Giants will have backup running back Wayne Gallman take over with Barkley sidelined. Despite never experiencing the workload that Saquon has, the team believes Gallman can take over the current running game.

“We certainly believe in Wayne Gallman and that he’ll be able to step in and do his very best,” head coach Pat Shurmur said, per Tom Rock of Newsday.

Gallman carried the ball five times on Sunday for 13 total rushing yards. Barkley carried the ball eight times for 10 yards before exiting prior to halftime.

The third-year pro has only carried the ball seven times this season for 30 yards and a touchdown. Gallman also has three receptions for 24 yards.

Gallman could be a good receiving back for the Big Blue in the absence of Barkley and in the inaugural days of Daniel Jones. During his rookie season in 2017, he had 34 receptions on 48 targets for 193 yards and a touchdown.

The young back is expected to get his fourth career start this upcoming Sunday. The Giants will take on the Redskins at home at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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