Actually, far more than a sighting. Meaning? It is probably wise to take the “under’’ when it comes to estimating the established timeframe as to when the star running back will be able to return.
Barkley is dealing with a high ankle sprain and was initially expected to be out six-to-eight weeks. He was injured in the second quarter of the Sept. 22 victory in Tampa. It looks as if he is ahead of schedule, based on what can be ascertained by the way he looked on Wednesday.
The sight of Barkley in uniform (okay, no shoulder pads) jogging and doing some fairly aggressive straight-line cuts on the side was enough to uplift the spirits of the Giants. Clearly, he is on the mend. It remains to be seen how his right ankle responds to this activity.
The Giants have two games in a five-day span and consider it virtually impossible Barkley will be able to play in either of them — Sunday against the Vikings and the following Thursday at New England. Thus, the first realistic target date for Barkley is the Oct. 20 game against the Cardinals. That would be one month into the injury and an aggressive return date.
Another positive sight on the field: CB Sam Beal (hamstring) was sprinting on the sideline. He is on injured reserve and eligible to return to practice after Week 6. … LB Alec Ogletree (hamstring) did not practice, raising serious doubt about his ability to play Sunday vs. the Vikings. … LB Tae Davis (concussion protocol) wore a yellow non-contact jersey. … G Kevin Zeitler was given the day off as he continues to deal with a shoulder issue.
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