Saquon Barkley
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New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is reportedly eyeing a return to the playing field during Week 6.

Saquon Barkley experienced his first career missed game on Sunday in a Week 4 win over the Redskins. The star New York Giants running back suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 3 win in Tampa Bay. He exited prior to halftime of that game having only rushed for 10 yards on eight carries.

Initially, it was reported that Barkley would be out for 4-8 weeks. Barkley, however, is no normal human being. He’s a freak of nature, to say the least. And that freak of nature is reportedly now eyeing a Week 6 return for Big Blue, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Head coach Pat Shurmur initially didn’t rule Barkley as out for the upcoming Sunday afternoon matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Barkley won’t be back for that matchup, however.

What’s tough for the Giants though is that their Week 6 game is just four days after their Week 5 game. The Giants take on the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football in Foxborough, MA, and Barkley may not even be ready by then either.

Realistically, it would seem that Barkley could be better off returning later than Week 6. The last thing the Giants need is to rush him back and then he suffers an even more serious injury. Basketball fans, you saw what happened with the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant, right? It’s not a good move to rush him back at all.

The Giants will play host to the Vikings this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET with Wayne Gallman taking the reins as the No. 1 back.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.