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Saquon Barkley says he’s learning from minor hamstring injury

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Giants coach Pat Shurmur wouldn’t officially rule Barkley out of Friday’s game, but he’s unlikely to play. Shurmur said everyone can guess and surmise, but a player who does not practice because of an injury isn’t typically going to play in a preseason contest. The Giants had a light workout with the Lions on Thursday in the rain.

It’s unclear when exactly Barkley will be back at practice. The next practice is Sunday.

Barkley is, however, expected to be ready for the regular-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“He’s going to be good come Sept. 9 and that is all that really matters,” Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said.3

Beckham knows a thing or two about hamstring injuries as a rookie. He missed most of training camp, all of the preseason and the first four games of the regular season his rookie year because of a hamstring tear. He was later named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year after finishing with 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Barkley’s injury is not believed to be as serious. Beckham had a tear. Barkley has a strain.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart said earlier in the week that it takes everyone a different amount of time to adjust to the NFL game. Barkley already showed on his first carry that he might not need as much time as most. He went for 39 yards last week on the first play against the Cleveland Browns.

The Giants have three preseason games remaining.

Barkley injured his hamstring while catching a deep pass down the sideline at Monday’s practice. He limped to a stop and jogged slowly to the other side of the field, where he laid down and was treated by trainers.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

The rookie gingerly walked off the field after practice. He wasn’t happy about what unfolded, but knew it wasn’t serious.

“I wasn’t scared because I knew it wasn’t nothing crazy,” he said. “I was just frustrated because a lot of those things are preventative and it’s about taking care of your body and treating your body, make sure you’re hydrated and stuff. I thought I was doing all those things right. It kind of showed me that even though when you think you’re doing enough you have to find a way to do more.”

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