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Saquon Barkley injury: Torn ACL for Giants’ star running back?

Barkley has right leg injury

NFL: New York Giants at Chicago Bears Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley was helped off the field unable to put weight on his right leg after a carry with 14:52 left in Sunday’s second quarter against the Chicago Bears.

CBS reported near the end of Sunday’s game that “multiple reports” have indicated a torn ACL for Barkley. That, of course, would be season-ending.

Here is more from Ian Rapoport.

After the game, coach Joe Judge wouldn’t confirm the seriousness of Barkley’s injury, saying “I don’t have a diagnosis” and that the Giants are “praying for the best” with him.

“I wouldn’t fall asleep on 26, it’s gonna be a hell of a story either way,” Judge said.

Barkley was hurt on the first play of the second quarter at the end of a 6-yard run.

Two plays earlier, Barkley had run for 18 yards.

Per the CBS broadcast, Barkley is out for the remainder of the game and will undergo further evaluation on Monday.

Dr. David Chao, former NFL team physician, wrote on his website that Barkley is likely done for the year with a torn right ACL.

Backup running back Wayne Gallman is inactive Sunday. That leaves the Giants with only Dion Lewis and Elijhaa Penny as backup running backs.

Barkley missed three games a season ago and was limited in several others by a high ankle sprain.

Barkley was carted to the locker room with what the CBS broadcast said could be a right knee injury.

More injuries

The Giants lost Sterling Shepard with a toe injury. He played one play in the second half before coming out.