But, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport gave some insight on the situation Friday morning, saying Barkley has done “exceptionally well” in his recent rehab process.
While a Week 1 return for Barkley hasn’t been ruled out, Rapoport indicated that his come back could happen any time between Weeks 1-3.
“No one is saying for sure now that he’s going to be on the field Week 1. No one is going to guarantee that — nor should they,” Rapoport said. “My understanding of where Saquon is as he recovers from that serious, serious knee injury is that you’ll probably see him anywhere from Week 1 to Week 3.
“So probably by Week 3, Saquon Barkley should be on the field.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 6, 2021
Joe Judge and the Giants’ coaching staff have been reluctant to give a timetable for Barkley’s return, but the New York head coach opened up about his running back’s recovery a bit earlier this week.
While he hasn’t yet been upgraded to on-field action with his teammates, Barkley is going through “simulated” practices.
“I don’t want to go ahead and make any predictions or anything on Saquon, but I will say that this guy’s showing progress, tangible progress every day with our medical staff, with our strength staff,” Judge said Monday, per FanNation.
“Right now, we’ve really mirrored his rehab to what our players are doing on the field practice-wise to make sure that he’s building up that same volume, that same intensity. We can kind of go apples to apples with what he’s done on a daily basis compared to the players that are in practice to give us a better picture in terms of where he is physically.”
If Barkley does return for Week 3, it will be for a home matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Sep. 26.