Giants' Saquon Barkley has 'outside chance' to play Week 8 vs. Chiefs

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Saquon Barkley vs Cowboys, blue jersey
Saquon Barkley vs Cowboys, blue jersey

Giants star RB Saquon Barkley won't be on the field this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, and he likely won't be suiting up next week on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs either.

But according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Barkley has an "outside chance" to play in Week 8 as he continues to deal with his ankle injury.

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported, Barkley's injury was given a 2-3 week timeline, and the expectation per sources was to have his back against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 9. That appears to be on track.

It also makes sense when you look at the fact that Barkley hasn't even been able to practice again with his teammates, making it impossible for coaches and trainers to deem him ready to go for next week. They'll need to see him on the Quest Diagnostics Training Center grass, testing that ankle before making any call on his status.

But with the likes of Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney out as well, you don't have to wonder why fans want to see No. 26 back on the field sooner rather than later. And that's even more the case when you see the Chiefs on the schedule. Their high-powered offense requires teams to have their best foot forward when they have the ball.

But, of course, the Giants are going to be extra cautious with Barkley, who suffered his ankle sprain in a freak accident against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 when he stepped on CB Jourdan Lewis' foot just as Lewis was running back toward the sideline, rolling his ankle in the process. He missed the rest of that game.

Barkley appeared to be hitting his stride, too, since returning from his ACL injury that knocked him out for the rest of the 2020 season. He'll look to pick up where he left off after this setback.