Giants’ Saquon Barkley mulls surgery with second opinion on ankle injury
The New York Giants have seemingly hit a new roadblock to their season as Saquon Barkley may be out for longer. After getting a second opinion, they may have to play without their star running back for quite some time.
The Penn State product got a second opinion for his injury by traveling after receiving an initial prognosis on his injury. According to both Art Stapleton and Ian Rapoport, the time he’ll sit out from the Giants is pretty significant.
#Giants star RB Saquon Barkley (high-ankle sprain) returned from his visit with noted specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay with a recommendation of no surgery, source said. The option of tightrope surgery — a la #Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa — had been one option.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 26, 2019
My understanding is Saquon Barkley returned from visit with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay with confirmed diagnosis + treatment plan for high ankle sprain. No surgery recommended, source confirms, as @RapSheet said. Recovery remains 4-8 weeks, as initially reported. #nygiants
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) September 26, 2019
Given the month-long recovery period for the sprain, Barkley may consider going under the blade to speed up the process. The team is at an important point of their season after all.
They just won their first football game of the season under the playcalling of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He performed so well in his first start that he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Understandably, the expectations for the quarterback has risen. Some are already looking at the passing of the torch between him and long-time QB Eli Manning. And Barkley would like to reduce some of that pressure off him by being on the field.
Barkley has been incredible for the Giants during the first two games of the season. He notched 227 rushing yards on 29 carries before finding himself injured.
While he recovers, the team will be counting on Wayne Gallman. He’s not as explosive of a runner as Barkley, but he can make some runs as the Giants’ secondary option. Currently in his third season with the Giants, Gallman has notched 682 yards on 169 carries.
It will be tough for the Giants to cruise through games without their RB1, but they have to make do with what they’ve got. Jones will do everything he can to will the Giants to another victory against the Washington Redskins.