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Giants' Devontae Booker rushes for 100 yards . . . then he doesn't

Devontae Booker of the Giants runs against the

Devontae Booker of the Giants runs against the Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Credit: Mike Stobe

Devontae Booker ran for three yards over right tackle with 9:28 to go in the fourth quarter on Sunday to become the first Giants running back to go over 100 yards this season. He had 102.

Two plays later, Booker carried again and lost three yards. So he was back under 100 yards at 99.

There was a lot of time left for Booker to get back over 100. But he suffered a hip injury on that last carry and didn’t return for the rest of the Giants’ 23-16 victory over the Raiders at MetLife Stadium.

Booker, who also had three catches for 23 yards to give him 122 total yards for the day, seemed unaware he had just missed 100 yards rushing.

"I didn’t really pay attention to it," Booker said. "I look at all that stuff after the game. You guys (reporters) telling me I had 100 yards, that’s pretty much the first I’m hearing it."

When informed he fell one yard short on the ground, Booker said: "In total, I guess I still had over 100. Kind of makes up for it."

After he was injured, Booker got to watch fullback Eli Penny fill in for him on the rest of that possession and the next one. Penny ran for 24 yards on the Giants’ final drive, one that ate up enough clock to force the Raiders to use all three of their timeouts and led to a field goal.

"I was actually out there on the field," Booker said. "I was waiting to go back in. But the last of the game played out and I didn’t go in. (Penny) is hell of a player. He can do it all. He can play special teams. He can play fullback and he can play running back. Watching him finish out the game like that, it was critical."

Said quarterback Daniel Jones, who threw for just 110 yards: "Both of those guys played really well for us. Credit goes to the guys up front. They did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage, opening up some holes for those guys and they found them."

Booker said he had an x-ray on the undisclosed injury and felt "great." The Giants are off next week and are hoping star running back Saquon Barkley can return from his ankle injury when they visit Tampa Bay on Nov. 22.

Booker, who had 125 yards from scrimmage on Monday night in Kansas City, will return to backup status if Barkley is ready to play against the Bucs.

"I’ll leave that to the coaches and whatever they decide," Booker said. "Right now, I’m just going to enjoy this and come back after the bye week and see what happens."

Booker was the only true running back on the roster Sunday because of injuries and the COVID-related absence of Gary Brightwell. Fullback Cullen Gillaspia was also active.

Booker spent last season with the Raiders, but he downplayed any notion of a revenge motive after they let him go to the Giants.

"It was just going out there and having fun with these guys," Booker said. "Really, it was like backyard football. Talking smack to them and just running up and down the field. It was great."

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