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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Sterling Shepard were both limited during Wednesday’s practice.

This past Sunday, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley played for the first time since Sept. 22. That was when the second-year star suffered a high ankle sprain in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He missed three consecutive matchups but was then able to conjure up 72 yards on the ground along with a touchdown in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

An offensive weapon the Giants weren’t able to field this past Sunday, however, was veteran wideout Sterling Shepard. The fourth-year pro is still nursing a concussion, his second time in the protocol this season alone. It’s unclear what Shepard’s status will be for their Week 8 matchup, but both him and Barkley were indeed limited during Wednesday’s team practice.

Shepard has missed three games this year. Additionally, he was sidelined for the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills due to his initial concussion.

Barkley is expected to play this week, as per head coach Pat Shurmur.


It would be extremely beneficial for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones to have Shepard back on the field. Jones has yet to start a game where Shepard, Barkley, and tight end Evan Engram all started and finished the game healthy. The only game in which each offensive weapon started was in Tampa Bay, where Barkley exited prior to halftime.

The Giants will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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