Giants running back Saquon Barkley could be out until Week 12
The New York Giants secured their first win of the season on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they lost their best offensive player for an extended period of time in the process. According to Adam Schefter, Saquon Barkley could be out until Week 12 of this season.
MRI revealed Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain that could sideline him anywhere from 4-8 weeks, per source. Longer timeline is considered more likely; the Giants have a bye in week 11, which could give him eight weeks to recover and return for last six games.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2019
While the Giants were attempting to mount a comeback in the second quarter against the Buccaneers, Barkley caught a pass from Daniel Jones. The dynamic running back turned up the field and was tackled by Mike Edwards.
As he was going to the ground, Barkley landed awkwardly on his ankle and he was unable to put any weight on it. After the play ended, the bright, young running back had to be helped off of the field as he made his way into the locker room.
Following the beginning of the second half, Barkley returned to the sideline but he was sporting a walking boot and crutches. That wouldn’t stop the Giants running back from hopping on one leg down the length of the field to celebrate with his team after the win.
Just a day after the game, the extent of Barkley’s ankle injury was confirmed to be a high-ankle sprain. With the injury, Barkley is expected to miss anywhere between four to eight weeks. But, it is believed that his return will come closer to the eight-week mark.
New York has their bye week in Week 11 so he may be targeting a return in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. Until then, the Giants will rely on Wayne Gallman to carry the load in their backfield.