New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman was knocked out of Sunday’s 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter with a concussion. That left Big Blue with just two running backs to finish the game with — rookie Jon Hilliman and fullback Eli Penny.
Gallman left the game after carrying the football twice for a total of 14 yards. They finished the game with just 64 yards rushing and a 3.2 yards per attempt average.
With star Saquon Barkley already sidelined with a high ankle sprain, the Giants are headed to New England this Thursday literally down to they last man at running back. That is, if Gallman doesn’t not clear the concussion protocol and Barkley is also not cleared to play.
Barkley was said to be close to returning this week but cooler heads held him out. He was injured just two weeks ago in Tampa and the original prognosis was four-to-eight weeks, but now it seems as if the four-week projection is more likely. He could still suit up for the Patriots on Thursday.
The Giants have one running back on their practice squad — Austin Walter, a rookie out of Rice.