Saquon Barkley helped propel the Giants to a historic victory over the Cardinals on Sunday, scoring twice and getting a late first down to set up the go-ahead field goal. However, the star running back did not finish the game as he injured his ankle after twisting during a tackle in the fourth quarter and then needing help to limp off the field.
This isn’t the worst case scenario for Barkley and the Giants, but it is. expected to be out for three weeksaccording to ESPN and confirmed by CBS Sports NFL senior insider Jonathan Jones.
Barkley underwent additional tests, including an MRI, on his ankle Monday, according to NFL media.
The Pro Bowl guard was leading the Giants with 23 offensive touches at the time of his injury, prompting Barkley to stay on the ground after initial attempts to walk on his own. He then threw his helmet to the ground in frustration after sitting on the bench. Coaches could be seen taping his ankle after he left the field, and he walked carefully while on the sidelines.
While averaging just 3.7 yards per carry against Arizona, Barkley was instrumental in the Giants erasing a 20-point halftime deficit, leading the team with six caught out of the backfield.
The sixth-year veteran signed a one-year deal worth up to $11 million to return to New York this offseason, fresh off a career year under coach Brian Daboll. Injuries, however, have plagued him throughout his career, most notably during a 2019-21 stretch in which the Penn State product missed a combined 20 games due to various ankle and back ailments. knee.
Barkley will miss the Giants’ next game, a Week 3 matchup with the 49ers on Thursday, and possibly two more games depending on how quickly he heals. Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell are the team’s top backup RBs.