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New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman speaks on his two-touchdown performance after the team’s win over Washington.

The New York Giants entered Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins without their star running back. Saquon Barkley is dealing with a high ankle sprain and will be out 4-8 weeks, retroactive to last Sunday.

It all means veteran Wayne Gallman had to take over. All-in-all, the Clemson product did what the team needed him to do.

Gallman carried the ball 18 times for 63 yards and a touchdown, additionally catching six balls for 55 yards and a score through the air. After the team’s 24-3 victory, Gallman spoke with the media about how he attacked Sunday’s opportunity.

It was Gallman’s fourth career start in his still-young career. He’s been Barkley’s backup the last two seasons and was also a reserve back in his rookie year in 2017. He’s a reliable No. 2 back for the Giants, but Sunday’s game showed New York could definitely use Gallman in certain situations, especially in the passing game.

Gallman will continue to start for the Giants until Barkley returns from injury. Saquon’s exact return date is still unclear but could be decided in the coming weeks. The Giants will look to get him back as soon as possible, especially being that they’ve improved greatly as a team these last two weeks.

New York will have another home game next Sunday when they play host to the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium.

The game will kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET. It’ll be a step up from the Redskins, but definitely could be a game that the Giants could emerge victorious from.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.