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Saquon Barkley cleared to play; view Giants vs. Broncos Week 1 inactives


Saquon Barkley has cleared the final hurdle in his comeback.

The dynamic running back and three-time team captain is set to play in his first game since he suffered a serious knee injury last Sept. 20 and underwent surgery on Oct. 30. Barkley, who is the first player in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, was limited in practice this week and listed as "questionable" on the final injury report. He did not appear on the official inactive list, which is released 90 minutes before kickoff. The New York Giants open the 2021 season at home against the Denver Broncos.

"I've been thinking about just playing back on Sunday in front of fans since probably a week after my injury," Barkley said. "Obviously, you have that little state of mind where you're upset. You're like, 'Why me?' You're depressed and this and that, but then it's come to kind of right after – you've got to start grinding and getting yourself back. I'm a big visualizer thinker so I've been fantasizing of getting back on that field with my teammates and playing in there in front of fans. Obviously, last year we didn't have fans, so whenever the opportunity does come, it's something that I'm definitely going to cherish and never take for granted again."

Below is a look at the inactive list for Giants vs. Broncos:

Giants Inactives:

  • WR Collin Johnson
  • CB Josh Jackson
  • CB Sam Beal
  • LB Justin Hilliard
  • TE Evan Engram
  • LB Quincy Roche

Broncos Inactives:

  • OLB Bradley Chubb
  • OT Cameron Fleming
  • DE McTelvin Agim
  • FS Jamar Johnson
  • CB Kary Vincent
  • RB Nate McCrary
  • TE Andrew Beck
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