Giants’ Saquon Barkley to return vs. Cardinals
#NYGiants Game Status:
Out – WR Sterling Shepard (concussion), CB Corey Ballentine (concussion)
RB Saquon Barkley, TE Evan Engram, RB Wayne Gallman, DL Olsen Pierre practiced fully
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 18, 2019
All signs pointed toward Barkley playing, and this is just a final confirmation that it is happening. Barkley suffered a scary-looking ankle injury in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and getting him back this early is about the best-case scenario. Barkley was asked Thursday if he had any doubts returning:
“No doubt in my mind,” Barkley said, via ESPN.
The Giants hope quarterback Daniel Jones and Barkley will be able to complete a game together for the first time. Jones was the starting quarterback against the Buccaneers in the game Barkley went down with the ankle injury.
According to ESPN, Barkley was hoping to play against the New England Patriots, but didn’t get full clearance from the training staff.
Barkley was asked if the Cardinals were going to get an angry version of him because the Giants have lost back-to-back games:
“I guess you can say ‘Angry Saquon,'” he said, “but it’s going to be more just appreciation, because when you actually get the game taken away from you — don’t get me wrong, I know it’s not a season-ending injury, it was an injury that took me out for a couple weeks, but when you’re passionate about this game and when you have to step away from it and … can’t really do much for your team, [it] makes you understand how much you actually care and appreciate this game.
No matter which Barkley shows up, there is no doubt he is going to be a big boost to a Giants offense that has struggled to run the ball.