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Saquon Barkley returns to limited practice Thursday for Week 17

We break down the news that Saquon Barkley was able to practice on Thursday.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday update: Barkley was able to get in a limited session on Thursday. He is on track to play against the Bears.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley did not practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, per Zack Rosenblatt. Barkley played in last week’s game against the Eagles without any issues.

Fantasy football implications

Barkley did not suffer any known injury in last week’s loss to Philadelphia, so this could be a maintenance day for him. The star running back had 15 carries for 32 yards and a reception for -4 yards. It’s been a tough year for the Giants and Barkley, who missed sometime earlier this season with an ankle injury that he suffered back in Week 5.

The last two seasons Barkley has dealt with significant injuries that has taken away from his explosive/playmaking abilities that we saw when he first came into the NFL. If Barkley does not practice on Thursday, then there should be some cause for concern about him playing on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.