Saquon Barkley
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New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley doesn’t know what his status will be for Thursday night’s game against New England.

Early Tuesday, reports suggested Saquon Barkley will most likely be out for the New York Giants this Thursday. The belief that he could possibly be ready 18 days removed from suffering a high ankle sprain was far-fetched.

However, the unlikeliness that Barkley will play against the New England Patriots may not have 100% truth to it. When speaking to the media on Tuesday, the second-year pro mentioned that his status for Thursday is still very much up in the air.

“I do not know if I’m playing Thursday night,” Barkley said, per Dan Salomone of the Giants official website. “There is no decision yet. I know you guys asked Coach (Pat Shurmur). I know there are reports out there that I’m not going to play. It didn’t come from my mouth and it didn’t come from Coach Shurmur’s mouth, so I don’t know how that story happened.”

You’d think Barkley would sit for possibly one more game before returning for Big Blue’s Week 7 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. High ankle sprains usually take a while to heal. But Barkley is different. The so-called “superhuman” was running, jumping, and making cuts at practice last week just 10 days after the injury sustainment.

If Barkley is good to go, it would be huge for the Giants and Daniel Jones. Big Blue needs to get some of this pressure off their rookie quarterback moving forward. A sensational running back should do the trick.

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