Barkley, the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year a season ago, was helped to the locker room shortly before halftime after landing awkwardly on his right foot.
He spent the second half watching the game on crutches while wearing a walking boot on his injured foot.
Adam Schefter is now reporting that the injury could sideline Barkley 4-8 week, with the longer timeline “considered more likely.”
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
That means Barkley could be out until after the Giants Week 11 bye. They face the Chicago Bears in Week 12.
“It’s very unfortunate to have Saquon out of the lineup,” said Giants coach Pat Shurmur. “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.”
Barkley said Sunday evening his plan was “whatever it [the injury] is just work my tail off to get back.
Dr. David Chao is a former NFL team physician. He discussed the Barkley injury Monday morning on Sirius XM Radio.
“Saquon’s gonna miss some time ... I’m hoping this is better than A.J. Green’s potentially eight-week high ankle sprain ... a couple weeks at least is my best guess right now.”
Wayne Gallman will take over as the primary running back. The Giants will have to make at least one roster move because fullback Elijhaa Penny is the only other running back on the 53-man roster.
Running backs Jon Hilliman, who was with the Giants during the summer, and Austin Walter are on the practice squad.