Report: Giants' Barkley Out 4-8 Weeks With High Ankle Sprain

Ryan Chatelain
September 23, 2019 - 12:56 pm

The Giants will be without star running back Saquon Barkley for several weeks, reports said Monday.

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Barkley suffered a right high ankle sprain in the second quarter of the Giants' Week 3 game at Tampa Bay on a hit by Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards after catching a pass from Daniel Jones. Barkley returned to the sideline in the second half with a walking boot and crutches.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that an MRI confirmed the diagnosis and that Barkley is expected to miss four to eight weeks. A source told Schefter the longer end of that timeline is considered more likely. If the Giants hold Barkley out through their Week 11 bye, he would have eight weeks to recover.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday that the Giants expected Barkley to be sidelined for "the next several weeks."

Giants coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that Barkley indeed has a high ankle sprain, but he would not elaborate on a timeframe for the running back's return. "We just have to see," he said.

“I’m not out for the season,” Barkley told reporters after Sunday's 32-31 come-from-behind win. “I’m going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible. Not for myself, but for my team. That’s what I continue to think about.”

Barkley has rushed for 237 yards and a touchdown this season. He also has 11 catches for 74 yards.

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Last season, the NFL Rookie of the Year amassed 1,307 yards rushing and 11 TDs and caught 91 passes for 721 yards and four touchdowns.

Wayne Gallman is Barkley's top backup. He had 13 yards on five carries Sunday.