The New York Giants need Saquon Barkley to get back on the field as soon as possible. The team lost another running back Sunday after Wayne Gallman suffered a concussion during a 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The 25-year-old Gallman was filling in for the injured Barkley, who went down during the Giants’ Week 3 game. Gallman put up solid numbers last week, picking up 63 rushing yards, 55 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Gallman didn’t have the opportunity to build on those numbers this week. He left Sunday’s game with a concussion after just two carries. He was ruled out shortly after leaving with the injury. Gallman finished the contest with 14 yards.
With Barkley and Gallman sidelined, the Giants turned to Jon Hilliman and Elijhaa Penny to carry the load. Hilliman was the team’s primary rusher, carrying the ball nine times for 20 yards. Penny received three carries for 15 yards.
It’s unclear when Gallman will return. He could pass all concussion tests during the week and be cleared to play in Week 6. If Gallman can’t go, that could put more pressure on Barkley to get back on the field.
Barkley, 22, was initially expected to be out up to eight weeks due to the injury. To everyone’s surprise, Barkley did some drills after missing just one game. Barkley was not cleared to play in Week 5, but there are rumblings he could try to get back in Week 6.
Both Barkley and Gallman will have to recover quickly if they are hoping to play in the Giants’ next game. The Giants will take on the New England Patriots on Thursday in Week 6.
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