Is Saquon Barkley playing this week? Latest Week 5 injury updates for the Giants

The Pro Bowler will be a game-time decision for the Giants
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Injury wise, the 2023 season just continues to be a nightmare for Brian Daboll. Two of the biggest injuries for the NY Giants have been the ones to running back Saquon Barkley and All-Pro left tackle Andrew Thomas, with the latter being ruled out to take on the Dolphins with a hamstring injury.

As for Barkley, will he be able to give things a go against Miami? Barkley suffered his high-ankle sprain against the Cardinals in Week 2, forcing him to miss the past two games. With that said, could we see No. 26 back out on the field against Miami on Sunday afternoon?

Saquon Barkley is expected to be a game-time decision for the Giants

We won't know until right before kickoff, but there's a chance that Barkley could in fact play in this one. He's been able to get out on the practice field this week, with his ankle looking healthier each day. However, the last thing Daboll is going to want to do is rush him back too soon.

Barkley wants to play, but he of course will listen to Daboll and the team doctors too. If Barkley does suit up, it will be a massive return for Daniel Jones and this offense. Unfortunately for Jones, he'll be without Andrew Thomas and John Michael Schmitz to protect up front due to injury.

The offensive line has been brutal this season, with more backups ready to see significant playing time in Miami. A return for Barkley would help take a lot of pressure off Jones. We'll find out soon enough if he'll be able to make plays vs. the Dolphins or if the Giants will save him for the Buffalo showdown in Week 6.