Stewart (foot) is expected to face an eight-week recovery period, with head coach Pat Shurmur stating that there is 'potential to bring him back' from injured reserve, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Whether or not Stewart is activated from injured reserve likely depends on what other injuries the Giants face this season, as they are only permitted to bring back two players from the list after an eight-week inactive period. With Stewart out, Wayne Gallman is firmly entrenched as Saquon Barkley's backup at running back
The Giants placed Stewart (foot) on injured reserve Friday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports. The nature of Stewart's foot injury is unknown, but it's serious enough that a lengthy recovery effort is expected. If this is the last down he plays in 2018, he'll finish the campaign with six carries for 17 yards. Moving forward, look for any RB touches not allotted to Saquon Barkley to go to Wayne Gallman.
Stewart carried the ball two times for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Texans. That makes two straight weeks with just two carries for Stewart, and it looks like he is the clear No. 3 in the Giants' backfield pecking order, as Wayne Gallman carried the ball six times Sunday. Injuries will be the only way Stewart becomes a legitimate fantasy option this season.
Stewart carried the ball twice for one yard in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Cowboys. Stewart logged just five offensive snaps -- the same amount as fellow backup Wayne Gallman -- Sunday night, and while he outpaced Gallman in carries two to one, Gallman recorded one catch for 11 yards out of the backfield. Regardless, given the high usage of rookie star Saquon Barkley, there doesn't appear to be much of a role for either Stewart or Gallman in the backfield at this time.
Stewart is listed as the No. 3 back heading into Week 1's matchup with the Jaguars, Paul Schwartz of The New York Post reports. Stewart failed to impress during the preseason, which was highlighted against the Jets in Week 3, as Stewart ran the ball three times for minus-seven yards and also lost a fumble. Pair Stewart's poor performance with the upside of Wayne Gallman as a pass-catcher out of the backfield and therein lies the decision to make the veteran Stewart the No. 3 option.
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