The New York Giants will be without running back Saquon Barkley for the foreseeable future after the second-year star suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Reports yesterday indicated Barkley will miss 4-8 weeks. Without question, the Giants should and probably will be cautious with Barkley, taking a long-term approach to his health.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Barkley was examined by renowned foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley on Monday. O'Malley is the doctor who performed Kevin Durant's Achilles surgery.
Mortensen adds that Barkley will seek another opinion from specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
Obviously, the Giants and Barkley want as much information as possible on his injury and potential recovery. Barkley is a freak athlete and a competitor, so it stands he'll want to get back on the field as soon as possible.
However, like we said, the Giants should exercise caution here. Barkley is only in his second season and the team has a lot invested in the former No. 2 overall pick.
Rushing Barkley back would be a major mistake.