New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is reportedly expected to miss between four and eight weeks with a high ankle sprain.
After leaving Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay prior to halftime, it was uncertain what Saquon Barkley‘s exact injury was. The New York Giants running back wouldn’t return, but the severity was still unclear.
Now, it’s clear, and it’s not the greatest news for Big Blue fans. On Monday, it was reported that Barkley would miss “several weeks” with a high ankle sprain. Now, thanks to Adam Schefter of ESPN, fans have an actual timeframe.
MRI revealed Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain that could sideline him anywhere from 4-8 weeks, per source. Longer timeline is considered more likely; the Giants have a bye in week 11, which could give him eight weeks to recover and return for last six games.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2019
Missing between four and eight weeks would put Barkley in a position to return to action anytime between the Giants’ Week 7 game against the Cardinals and their Week 12 game against the Bears. However, if he does return by Week 12, would the Giants even still be in playoff contention at that point? If they’re not, would it be more beneficial to just shut him down the remainder of the season?
Those questions will be answered when the time comes. But the bottom line at the moment is making sure the Giants running back makes a full recovery. If they’re in any sort of contention, they’ll desperately need him in their gameplan.
Barkley had eight carries for 10 yards before exiting the 32-31 win over the Buccanneers on Sunday. Wayne Gallman took over afterward, totaling 13 yards on five carries. Gallman is expected to take over the rushing duties with Barkley sidelined.
The Giants will take on the Washington Redskins at home this upcoming Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.