ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is listed as active to play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night after missing three weeks with an ankle injury.
Barkley, who has two of the Giants five offensive touchdowns this season, has been sidelined since helping New York overcome a 20-0 deficit in a 31-28 win over Arizona in Week 2. The Giants (1-4) have lost three straight since and feature one of the NFL’s least- productive offenses, and have yet to score an offensive touchdown in the first half this season.
Barkley’s return offsets New York missing starting quarterback Daniel Jones, who sustained a neck injury last week.
Backup Tyrod Taylor will make his first start since December 2021, when he was playing for Houston. Taylor faces his former team in Buffalo, where he went 22-20 from 2015-17. He is 4-5-1 since.
New York’s offensive line, which has allowed a league-high 30 sacks entering Week 6, is also banged up with starting left tackle Andrew Thomas (hamstring) and rookie center John Michael Schmitz (shoulder) already ruled out. Starting right tackle Evan Neal is active after hurting his ankle in practice this week.
For Buffalo (3-2), rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid (concussion) is inactive as is backup cornerback Dane Jackson (foot). Linebacker A.J. Klein was also listed among the inactives. The veteran backup was signed off the practice squad this week after starter Matt Milano (lower right leg) was placed on injured reserve.