Giants RB Saquon Barkley officially ruled out vs. Patriots
When New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley went down in Week 3 with a high ankle sprain only to come back onto the field on crutches, Giants fans all collectively held their breath. His original diagnosis of anywhere from a 4-8 week recovery period seemed like the end of the Giants season, but we forget this is Saquon Barkley a man that is barely human.
News began to emerge of the star back potentially making his return to the field this week as the Giants travel to New England to face the Patriots, less than three weeks after sustaining the injury. However, the Giants staff decided against throwing their franchise player back onto the field against the most fearsome defense in the NFL.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 9, 2019
Barkley join a long list of Giants that are sitting out this week, including his backup Wayne Gallman. New York will have to lean on the shoulders of “Danny Dimes” but it will be a big ask for the rookie. This week will be a “welcome to the league” moment for Jones as he will face one of the leagues premier franchises for the first time.
When Barkley does return to the field, it won’t only help the Giants but Jones as well. Barkley’s mere presence in the backfield will call the attention of the opposing defense and could open up shots for Jones to take downfield.
They will hope that he will be able to make his return in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals, a matchup that sets up nicely for New York and Barkley.