Saquon Barkley reportedly could miss 4-8 weeks with high ankle sprain

If you saw Saquon Barkley’s injury, or him walking on crutches with a big walking boot, Monday morning’s news isn’t a big surprise.

The star New York Giants running back has a high ankle sprain and could miss “several weeks,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter had a more specific timetable and said the injury could knock Barkley out until after the team’s Week 11 bye.

That certainly takes the steam out of a huge Giants win on Sunday that was notable for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones’ excellent first career start.

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Wayne Gallman will presumably take over as the Giants’ starting back with Barkley out.

Saquon Barkley’s injury a blow for Giants and NFL

Barkley’s injury is a big blow to the Giants and the NFL as a whole.

Barkley, the second pick of last year’s draft, is one of the most electrifying players in the game. He was the first overall pick of many fantasy drafts. He’s one of the league’s most marketable stars.

High ankle sprains can linger a long time. Even when Barkley returns, it’s possible he doesn’t have the same trademark explosion he showed at Penn State and so far in his NFL career. The Giants will have to be careful with his return, to make sure he’s not rushing back.

Until then, Jones will be under even more scrutiny.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley stands on crutches in the bench area. (AP)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley stands on crutches in the bench area. (AP)

Daniel Jones takes on more responsibility

Jones had a fantastic first start. He threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for two more including a late go-ahead touchdown against the Buccaneers.

Life would be easier for the rookie quarterback with Barkley alongside him, but that will take some time. Gallman is solid but very few backs are in Barkley’s class. Jones will have to take a large part of the offense on his shoulders. On Sunday, with Barkley out most of the game, he looked capable of that.

Barkley was happy after the game to report he wouldn’t be out the rest of the season, which indicated this was no minor injury. All the Giants can do is wait for their star running back to heal up.

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