Giants RB Saquon Barkley says he won’t get shut down for the season
Saquon Barkley will not let his injuries get the best of him and is willing to fight through his pains in order to help steer the New York Giants on the right track. That’s what the franchise running back has been saying for quite some time now, and that’s likely going to be the truth when all is said and done.
The suggestion of Barkley sitting out to heal after struggling since returning from a high ankle sprain is not even close to the running back’s agenda as the Giants take a much-needed break due to their bye week.
Barkley should be able to play in full health against the Chicago Bears, but the lost season got fans and analysts into thinking of managing his load for his long-term health.
He addressed any suggestions of him taking a break with outright denial.
“The mindset of sitting me out and resting me for the rest of the season is beyond me,” Barkley said, per ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “I do not agree with it. It won’t happen. I’m going to keep going until I can’t go no more. That’s the player I am and I’m going to do it for my teammates.”
While it’s nice to see Barkley think this way, his latest outing begged for him to fully rest his body. He only recorded one rushing yard from 13 attempts and 30 yards on five passes. It was a far cry from his best work at the start of the season.
It’s no secret that Barkley wants to continue to help his team by any means possible. However, it may be wise for him to pick his battles especially now that he’s not in full health.