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.
#Giants RB Saquon Barkley suffered an ACL tear, based on the manual tests and initial diagnosis, source said. He’ll have an MRI to tell the full story, but the belief is the star is done for the season. Coach Joe Judge said they are holding out hope.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2020
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.
"I think all three are ACL injuries." - PFF Injury Analyst @mario_pilato on Saquon Barkley, Nick Bosa, and Parris Campbell pic.twitter.com/BDc9Ezrki0— PFF (@PFF) September 20, 2020
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.
The Giants lost Sterling Shepard with a toe injury. He played one play in the second half before coming out.