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Saquon Barkley took to Instagram to post a hopeful, determined message on Monday following the news that he will undergo surgery after suffering a torn ACL and other injuries to his right knee.
Here is coach Joe Judge on Barkley’s eventual return:
“I’m not a doctor. I’m sure they are going to give him the best medical care possible. This guy is a tremendously hard worker. I can tell you right now I already know he is going to work as hard as possible. The only thing I was able to share with Saquon. I was a non-athlete, I tore my ACL. I was able to get back on the field. It didn’t really affect in any way my play. I wasn’t very good to begin with.
“I would just say in terms of, you look at some of the other guys around the league who have been able to come back from ACL’s and have tremendous seasons those next years out. I think you can focus on there’s a lot of top athletes and with the medical care they get right now. This is a young guy who is very physically gifted. There are good doctors out there, he is going to get the best medical care possible. We have a great training staff to help rehab him along the way. We’re going to do everything in our position as coaches to keep him involved mentally sharp Then when we finally get a chance to get him back on the field physically, obviously we’re going to gear everything around his specific plan to get him going full speed at the right rate. I tell you what, I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again, I won’t fall asleep on 26, it’s going to be a hell of a story.”
Jabrill Peppers: No mental letdown
0-2. Losing Barkley for the season and Sterling Shepard for the short term. Safety Jabrill Peppers says none of that will impact the mindset of the remaining players.
“We don’t think about those things. You can only control what you can control, and that’s getting better each and every day we come in here. We’re right there in games. It’s just in this league, it always comes down to three to four plays that you wish you had back that determine the game,” Peppers said. “Obviously, we haven’t gotten the results we’d like to. But we know we’re not far off. We know we have a ways to go, but I like to think we’re trending in the right direction. We’re just going to keep coming in here and getting better. We’re not going to get demoralized. We understand injuries happen. It’s the next man up mentality. It’s a production business, and you have to produce.”
Golden Tate on Sunday’s final play
The Giants’ wide receiver was called for offensive pass interference on the final play in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears. On Monday, he indicated he was hoping at least for offsetting penalties and a do-over for the Giants.
“Just a very competitive play. I went back and watched the film. I think it was a close call. But the refs called what they called and it is what it is. I’m a believer in just not leaving it up to anyone but ourselves. If we handle business earlier in that game, then maybe we don’t have to even get to that point,” Tate said. “Once I saw the flags, I thought the flag had come out pretty late after the play, I thought it was on Jackson or whoever that was on my back. But that didn’t happen to be the case. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.”
In case you missed it
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- Saquon Barkley injury: Everything we know
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