New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is preparing to make his return this weekend and is on the verge of being fully cleared to play, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport.
Barkley underwent surgery on his right ACL and meniscus after getting injured in Week 2 last season. It has been a long road of rehab for the running back, but now he’s almost ready to roll. Rapaport says the Giants need to see how he does in practice this week before giving Barkley the full go-ahead:
From @GMFB: #Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) is close to being fully cleared. Meanwhile, TE Evan Engram (calf) hasn’t been ruled out vs. the #Broncos, but he’s considered a long-shot for Sunday heading into the week. pic.twitter.com/Imr4d26uO2
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 6, 2021
The Giants open their season against the Denver Broncos this weekend. Barkley has been aiming to make his return for Week 1 for a while now, and it’s looking like he’s going to hit his goal. As long as there are no setbacks in practice this week, he should be able to play.
Barkley is a centerpiece of New York’s offense, and the team missed him in 2020 as they struggled to a 6-10 record in the weak NFC East. The running back took the NFL by storm as a rookie when he rushed for 1,307 yards and had 721 yards receiving to go along with 15 total touchdowns. While he took a step back in his second season, a healthy Barkley is still one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL.
Daniel Jones and the Giants could really use Saquon Barkley back out there on the field, so hopefully he is indeed cleared for his return to action and will be able to suit up against Denver.