The New York Giants were able to come away with a much-needed comeback victory in Week 2, erasing a 21-point deficit to beat the Arizona Cardinals. However, the win did not come without a cost, as star running back Saquon Barkley suffered an injury that will force him to miss multiple games.
Barkley left Sunday’s game near the end of the fourth quarter, needing the Giants training staff to walk off the field as he was barely able to put any weight on his ankle.
It didn’t look good, leaving many fans worried about his status for the foreseeable future.
Giants star RB Saquon Barkley leaves with an injury. It does not look good. pic.twitter.com/3Z0hgH4waS
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) September 17, 2023
The full diagnosis for Barkley has officially been revealed, and it isn’t a great one for Giants fans going to see him on the field right away.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Barkley has been diagnosed with an “ordinary” ankle sprain, and he is expected to be sidelined for at least the next three games.
An MRI showed that Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley suffered an “ordinary” ankle sprain that now is expected to sideline him three weeks, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2023
Fans took notice of this report from Schefter and are saddened to hear that Barkley is indeed going to be sidelined for the next couple of weeks.
NOT GOOD FOR THE GIANTS ‼️
— An MRI showed that Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley suffered an “ordinary” ankle sprain that now is expected to sideline him three weeks 😳
— Next Three Match Ups for the Giants are not easy! 49ers : Seahawks : Dolphins 👀
— BallTalkSource (@BallTalkSource) September 18, 2023
Sources: Saquon Barkley’s MRI confirmed that he has a sprained right ankle and will miss 2-3 weeks.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) September 18, 2023
UPDATE 🚨 🚨 🚨
Saquon Barkley is expected to be sidelined for 3 WEEKS.
An MRI showed that Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley suffered an “ordinary” ankle sprain, per source.
— Fantasy Footballers (@TheFFBallers) September 18, 2023
It could’ve been a lot worse. pic.twitter.com/8zEtXWEIS1
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) September 18, 2023
Saquon Barkley –
Low ankle sprain, given mechanism I’m curious if this is more of a deltoid ligament sprain versus lateral sprain.
— Jeff Mueller, PT, DPT (@jmthrivept) September 18, 2023
There is a very clear silver lining with this report. It’s obviously not good that he will be forced to miss multiple games. But at least it seems like he will have no problem getting back on the field at some point this season.
If Barkley does indeed miss the next three games, it will be very unfortunate for the Giants as they are facing some tough competition in those games. The Giants are set to face off against two undefeated teams in those three games, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.