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Giants star Saquon Barkley officially ruled out for Week 5

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Not that this should come as much of a surprise, but New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has officially been ruled out for his team’s Week 5 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, according to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network.

Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain during the Giants’ Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and missed last week’s victory over the Washington Redskins.

Given that Barkley’s ailment is generally a multi-week injury, it’s not at all shocking that he will not play this weekend, even though he is making remarkable progress.

Barkley’s original timetable was four-to-eight weeks, but given how good he has looked in rehab, it’s looking like he will back on the shorter end of that timeline, if not sooner.

The second-year star has carried the ball 37 times for 237 yards and a touchdown while also catching 11 passes for 74 yards thus far this season.

Barkley, who played his collegiate football at Penn State, was originally selected by New York with the second overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He went on to have a spectacular rookie campaign, racking up 1,307 yards and 11 scores on the ground while averaging five yards per carry. In addition, he hauled in 91 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

The Giants have won two games in a row since their 0-2 start, as rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has revitalized the offense. Amazingly enough, New York is just one game behind the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.