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No surgery needed for Saquon Barkley

Giants running back Saquon Barkley smiles as he

Giants running back Saquon Barkley smiles as he sits on the bench during the second half on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Photo Credit: AP/Jason Behnken

Saquon Barkley will not require surgery after receiving confirmation of the initial diagnosis in a second opinion on his high ankle sprain. The running back returned from a Wednesday consultation with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay and will continue with his prescribed treatments.

“We’ll just rehab him and get him ready to go and see how that plays out,” Pat Shurmur said on Thursday.

Shurmur refused to put a timeline on Barkley’s return – “You never know how long some of these things take,” the coach said – but said there are no plans to place Barkley on injured reserve. That indicates the team hopes he will be sidelined for fewer than eight weeks. If the Giants placed Barkley on injured reserve this week he would be eligible to return to practice in six weeks and play in eight.

High ankle sprains typically take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to heal.

The Giants added depth at running back by promoting Jon Hilliman from the practice squad on Thursday afternoon. Shurmur had hinted earlier in the week that the rookie from Rutgers would be added to the active roster. Hilliman joins Wayne Gallman as the only healthy players at the position. To make room on the roster, the Giants put wide receiver Russell Shepard (foot) on injured reserve.

Tree falls, makes sound

What’s worse than getting hurt in a game? Getting hurt on a play that doesn’t even count.

That’s what happened to linebacker Alec Ogletree, who strained his hamstring while returning the football on a play that was initially ruled a fumble but later overturned to an incompletion. Since all turnovers are automatically reviewed, NFL officials generally err on the side of letting such plays conclude rather than whistle them dead too early.

Ogletree said he thought the play he was hurt on was an incompletion, but when he heard no whistle he scooped up the ball and ran it down the field . . . and pulled his muscle. It was a chaotic scene as some officials were already signaling for the pending fourth down, assuming it was an incompletion, and the Bucs’ field-goal unit was heading onto the field on the sideline where Ogletree was running.

“They need to make a decision,” Ogletree said of the officials. “I definitely wish they’d make the right decision and blow the whistle or leave it alone. No in between.”

Giant steps

Washington quarterback Case Keenum (foot) returned to practice on Thursday and it appears he will play on Sunday … Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion) was a full participant on Thursday.

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