Saquon Barkley provides update on timetable for his return
Saquon Barkley, unfortunately, suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 2 versus the Chicago Bears. While the star running back for the New York Giants prepares to rehab his knee, Barkley isn’t pinpointing a specific date for his return, per The New York Post’s Paul Schwartz.
Saquon Barkley says he has no target date for a return to football. Taking it one day at a time.
— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) December 3, 2020
Back in Week 2, Barkley landed awkwardly on his leg, leading to him being carted off of the field against the Bears. After undergoing tests, Barkley was discovered to have suffered a torn ACL, immediately ending his third season with the Giants.
Similar to other players who have sustained serious knee injuries, Barkley is poised for a long road to recovery. However, if there’s a running back who could recover from it ahead of schedule it’s the Penn State product.
Barkley, who’s known as a juggernaut in the weight room, has been one of the best dual-threat running backs in the NFL since entering the league in 2018. The 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year posted two consecutive seasons of 1,400+ scrimmage yards to begin his career, with 2,028 scrimmage yards coming in his rookie campaign.
While running backs are viewed as an expendable position, the Giants are light years better when Barkley is in the backfield. Whether it is Daniel Jones or a new quarterback under center next season, New York hopes to have a healthy version of Barkley available.
Seeing that Barkley tore his ACL in Week 2, there’s a solid chance that he’s ready to play in Week 1 of the 2021 season. However, the Pro Bowl running back isn’t going to focus on a certain date to return, taking it one step at a time in his recovery process.