A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday that New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley suffered an “ordinary” ankle sprain that now will sideline him for three weeks.
In Sunday’s come-from-behind 31-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Barkley injured his ankle late in the fourth quarter. He scored two touchdowns in the second half (one rushing, one receiving), as the Giants erased a 21-point deficit.
Barkley’s ankle was caught at the bottom of a pile on the second-to-last play from scrimmage. He was in immediate pain and was helped off the field by trainers. He later limped off the field.
After the game, Barkley underwent an X-ray at State Farm Stadium. The results were negative, and it was hoped there was no fracture. However, his ankle was still “a bit” swollen, and he would undergo an MRI on Monday morning in Arizona.
Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell, and rookie Eric Gray will try to fill the void against the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and Miami Dolphins.
The injury was a normal ankle sprain, not the dreaded high ankle sprain that usually sidelines players for several weeks.
Despite his revised franchise tag, Barkley is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Injury won’t help if you miss time.
Obviously, Barkley’s contract stuff and everything was public and talked about. Whenever I would turn on the television, I would see myself being talked about. But for me, that’s the past. As I said, once I made the decision to come here, you have to act maturely about it. No hard feelings.
My back’s against the wall again. Now I have to go out there and prove it. I will play my heart out, compete at a high level, and do what I do best for myself and for my teammates.”
Through two games this season, Barkley has rushed for 114 yards on 29 carries, caught nine passes, and scored a touchdown.
Nevertheless, Barkley will miss some time with the injury. It’s not the first time he has missed time with a similar injury in his career.
Barkley has a history of ankle injuries. He missed three games in 2019 with a right ankle injury. He missed four games in 2021 with a left ankle injury from stepping on a Dallas Cowboys defensive back’s foot.
Saquan Barkley has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle. pic.twitter.com/d3Ks5NMuPr
— Lucky (@TheMagaHulk) September 18, 2023
In Sunday’s comeback against the Cardinals, Barkley had 17 rushes for 63 yards and six catches for 29 yards, playing 65 of 67 offensive snaps (97%).
As a running back, Barkley played the most snaps (80.2%) last season.