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Giants’ Saquon Barkley’s recovery timeline once he finally undergoes ACL surgery next week

Giants, Saquon Barkley

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is entering the next phase of his recovery process after sustaining a season-ending knee injury against the Chicago Bears in Week 2.

According to a report from NFL.com, Barkley is scheduled for ACL reconstruction surgery next week. NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer reports that doctors are hoping the former No. 2 overall pick will be available for training camp. The procedure required a bit of a delay due to the fact that he was also dealing with a strained MCL on his right knee, which needed to heal before this reconstruction surgery could be performed.

The Giants, who are now 1-6 overall following Thursday night’s 22-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, have placed Barkley on their injured reserve list, effectively ending his season. Though this is unfortunate news, the 23-year-old star should be back to 100 percent in advance of the 2021 campaign. Still, the team will be cautious with their approach to his return.

In what proved to be a positive sign, Barkley was seen on the sidelines in good spirits during Thursday night’s game cheering his team on.

This is obviously a tough blow for the Giants, as Barkley was their starting back. Without his services, the team will likely rely on Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman in the backfield. However, there have also been reports indicating that New York will visit with free agent Devonta Freeman at some point this week.

Barring any unforeseen setbacks, the Giants will be back in action on November 2 for a matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kick-off is set for 8:15 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.