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Brightwell is expected to get some carries Thursday against the 49ers while working behind Matt Breida with top running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) ruled out for the contest, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Breida is expected to lead New York's backfield, but Brightwell is next in line for carries, while 2023 fifth-round pick Eric Gray could mix in sporadically as both a runner and a pass catcher. Since the Giants selected him in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Brightwell has carried 33 times for 150 yards (4.5 average) and one touchdown to go with eight catches for 51 yards over 32 games.

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