Giants running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Kyle Rudolph are headed to the physically unable to perform list.
The Giants placed a number of players on the physically unable to perform list Thursday.
Among the players placed on PUP list today:
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 22, 2021
The Giants can activate either Barkley or Rudolph at any point moving forward.
With Barkley, this was expected. The star running back suffered an ACL tear last September that prematurely concluded his 2020 campaign after fewer than two games. He’s making progress in his long recovery but it’s still unclear if he’ll be ready to go for the team’s Week 1 matchup against Denver (Sunday, Sept. 12).
There’s a chance the Giants start running back Devontae Booker against the Broncos. New York inked Booker to a two-year contract in March.
Barkley’s eventual return will be crucial for quarterback Daniel Jones and his pending development. Jones didn’t drastically improve last year and one could argue Barkley’s absence was at least a factor.
Rudolph, who the Giants signed to a two-year deal in March, is recovering from offseason foot surgery and isn’t expected to miss time in the regular season.
It was a physical examination that disclosed Rudolph’s foot injury. The discovery could’ve led to his then-contract agreement falling through, but the Giants continued with the acquisition.
Rudolph is expected to be another reliable target in the passing game for Jones.
Other players that will head to the PUP list include offensive tackle Matthew Peart, interior offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison, edge rusher Oshane Ximines, and cornerback Aaron Robinson, The Athletic’s Dan Duggan and ESPN’s Jordan Raanan report.
Busy day of housecleaning with camp approaching: In addition to Saquon, TE Kyle Rudolph, OL Matt Peart, OL Jonotthan Harrison, LB Oshane Ximines and CB Aaron Robinson opening on PUP list. LB Ryan Anderson and RB Sandro Platzgummer open on NFI list. RB Taquan Mizzell placed on IR. https://t.co/T6174dQeYP
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) July 22, 2021
The actual injuries …
Robinson (core muscle) https://t.co/BrvMUcpbqY
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 22, 2021