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NFL: Saquon Barkley, Rob Gronkowski active for ‘MNF’

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants each will have a key piece back for Monday night’s game.

Running back Saquon Barkley is active and expected to return for the Giants (3-6) after missing the past four games. And on the home sideline, tight end Rob Gronkowski is active for the Bucs (6-3).

Both players entered Monday officially listed as questionable.

Gronkowski, 32, has essentially missed the past six games with a back injury. He played just six snaps in Tampa’s Week 8 loss at New Orleans before exiting. He has 16 catches for 184 yards with four touchdowns in four games.

Barkley, 24, injured his ankle against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 after stepping on another player’s foot. He played just six snaps. He has 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Barkley missed most of the 2020 season with a torn ACL.

Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) was ruled out prior to Monday, and nose tackle Vita Vea, who was listed as doubtful with a knee injury, is also inactive. Cornerback Dee Delaney (ankle, concussion) and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (ankle) will play after entering as questionable.

For the Giants, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, DB Nate Ebner and receiver Sterling Shepard are all inactive. Fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf) and TE Kaden Smith (knee) join them on the inactives list after being listed as questionable. Running back Devontae Booker (hip), however, is active.

DB Logan Ryan is also out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

–Field Level Media

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