Lions’ Adrian Peterson hypes ‘comeback’ for injured Giants star Saquon Barkley
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson is out here hyping up fellow running back Saquon Barkley’s comeback already.
Taking to Twitter, Peterson, who knows what it’s like to come back strong from an injury, is confident that Barkley will come back stronger than ever once he recovers from his injury, which the Giants are fearing is a torn ACL.
.@saquon a born winner!! The comeback is going to be scary 💯
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 20, 2020
Barkley went down early on in the Giants 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears, having to be carried off the field. He has already taken an X-ray on his knee, with other tests planned for Monday. A source with the Giants says a torn ACL is “certainly within the realm.”
Giants head coach Joe Judge had no official update, but is praying for the best.
“Obviously we’re all praying for the best,” Judge said, per Jordan Raanan in ESPN. “I would just say this: Regardless of whatever the outcome is going to be and the doctors say [Monday], don’t fall asleep on [Barkley]. It’s going to be a hell of a story either way.”
Adrian Peterson is not a stranger to having to come back from injury and doing it well, as he hopes Barkley will do the same. Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2 of the 2016 season, forcing him to miss the majority of the season. The uncertainty of his future following the injury caused the Minnesota Vikings to not exercise their team option on his contract.
He would sign with the New Orleans Saints to start the season before being traded to the Arizona Cardinals. In the 2017 season Peterson would rush for 529 yards and two touchdowns between the two teams, and he was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week once that season.
Saquon Barkley’s injury could very well dash the Giants’ hope to contend in the 2020 NFL season and they fell to 0-2 on the season, dropping the Week 2 matchup with the Chicago Bears.