New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley exited today’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an ankle injury. He was in obvious pain as he was helped to the locker room.
Barkley spent the second half on the sideline on crutches. He also sported a walking boot.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan first reported that the issue was with Barkley’s ankle, and now his colleague Adam Schefter has confirmed what was suspected. It is a high ankle sprain.
Barkley will have an MRI tomorrow to confirm.
Giants diagnosed RB Saquon Barkley with a high ankle sprain and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2019
Sounds like Barkley is optimistic, according to Raanan. The 2018 No. 2 overall pick said he suffered a similar injury as a freshman at Penn State in 2015 and bounced back fine.
Saquon thinks he’ll be fine. Had same injury as a freshman at Penn State. Came back and did just fine. https://t.co/or7V92ap5H
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 22, 2019
Wayne Gallman will assume the load for the Giants now that Barkley is out for the foreseeable future. Behind him though, the Giants don’t have another running back on their active roster.
We’ll see if practice squad rookies Jon Hilliman and Austin Walter get a boost, or if the team looks for outside help at the position.
In the meantime, the Giants will celebrate today’s win and the performance of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, who played well in his first start.
Jones topped 300 yards and passing and produced four total touchdowns, including the game-winner on a fourth down scramble with 1:16 to play.