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Giants rookie Saquon Barkley suffers mild strain of left hamstring

Saquon Barkley of the Giants runs a route

Saquon Barkley of the Giants runs a route during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday. The rookie running back suffered a slightly strained left hamstring.   Credit: Steven Ryan

Saquon Barkley suffered a mild strain of his left hamstring during practice Monday, according to coach Pat Shurmur.

"We'll be smart with him as we move along here," Shurmur said.

The rookie running back was injured while extending himself to catch a deep pass from Kyle Lauletta on a wheel route down the left sideline, pulling in the ball with his fingertips and never breaking stride for what would have been a touchdown in a game situation. But he came back from the play a little gingerly and was attended to by members of the medical staff. He did not return to the practice field for the remainder of the abbreviated workout.

Barkley had a wrap on his left leg at one point, presumably with some ice in it, while the rest of the team finished the practice. He walked off the field without the wrap when practice concluded, casually chatting with teammates, but seemed to be flexing and testing his legs as he walked.

The Giants will be super cautious with Barkley, who figures to play a huge role this season. With upcoming joint practices against the Lions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, plus a preseason game in Detroit on Friday night, Barkley likely will sit out. The Giants will not want to do anything that could jeopardize his availability for the season opener on Sept. 9.

‘Young Shep' a dad

Sterling Shepard spent most of the past few months worrying about how he would handle the birth of his daughter during training camp. Turned out it was not worth sweating over. Cali Clay was born Friday, the first child for Shepard and his wife, model Chanel Iman. The baby came nine days early and the day after the Giants’ preseason opener against the Browns so Shepard did not – and will not -- miss any important time with the team. He wasn’t going to travel with the team to Detroit this week had she not been born in time.

“She’s a very considerate baby,” the wide receiver said. “I thought it was going to happen on game day. The next day we went to the hospital. Everything went perfect.”

Giant steps

The Giants limited Eli Manning’s snaps and throws in practice for the second straight day, giving backups Davis Webb and Lauletta a chance to work with the first team. Lauletta, the rookie, looked very sharp, including the pass to Barkley down the sideline … Shurmur said he will continue to be “smart in all conditions” with Odell Beckham Jr. in the practices with the Lions. That could mean he sits out full-speed or full-team drills and participates in others.


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