Saquon Barkley Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, Saquon Barkley did not play Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

But the New York Giants star revealed to Amazon Prime’s Taylor Rooks that he is suffering from a high ankle sprain, not a low ankle sprain as first reported.

Barkley told Rooks it was “not as severe as it could have been,” and his inactive status Thursday night was a “pain-tolerance issue.”

Barkley hopes to be ready to return for Week 4, after having 11 days to heal.

Although each player’s case is unique, high ankle sprains are typically more serious than a regular spain. The All-Pro running back missed four games because of a high ankle sprain in 2021.

The Giants don’t need a similar timetable this year, given Barkley’s importance to the offense. He has 155 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns this season.

NFL fans reacted to the report just before Thursday Night Football, with many doubting Barkley’s ability to heal in time for Week 4.

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