Yesterday, during the New York Giants’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, star running-back Saquon Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain. The second year player had an MRI revealing the injury and is expected to miss the next four to eight weeks. The longer time-frame is more likely, and it’s possible Barkley will not see action until after the Giants’ bye week in Week 11.
According to ESPN, Giants head Coach Pat Shurmur says, “It’s like any injury. It’s very unfortunate to have Saquon out of the lineup. We all know what he brings to the team. But it’s going to fall on all of us to move forward and do what we can to win games.”
The right ankle injury was suffered by Barkley in the second quarter of the Giants’ 32-31 victory over Tampa Bay, which saw the debut of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He will be replaced in the lineup by backup Wayne Gallman, who is the only other active running-back on the roster at the moment. Fullback Eli Penny may be an option to see carries as well.
Jones performance and the win were high points early on in New York’s season, as the team previously was 0-2 under longtime QB Eli Manning. The team’s brief good news and good fortunes have taken a turn in less than 24 hours, as the news of Barkley’s injury will now overshadow the team for weeks to come.
Last season, Barkley was named Offensive Rookie of the Year after totaling 2,028 all-purpose yards. As the primary component of the Giants’ offense, he will surely be missed. Hopefully, Daniel Jones can continue his winning ways and spark the offense as they limp into Week 4 against the Washington Redskins.
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