The New York Giants originally gave Saquon Barkley a 4-8 week timeline for his ankle injury. Even though he’s ahead of schedule, the former No. 2 overall pick isn’t ready to play yet.
Most of the team’s production on offense comes from Barkley. His absence obviously presents a major void for the Giants to fill.
Barkley injured his ankle in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New York won its first game without the Penn State product, but it fell short against Minnesota last Sunday.
Due to a short week, the Giants had to make an early decision on whether or not Barkley will play.
The Giants announced on Wednesday that Barkley has officially been ruled out for tomorrow’s game.
In addition to Barkley being out for Thursday Night Football, the Giants won’t have Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Wayne Gallman.
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 9, 2019
It’s hard to envision how the Giants will sustain success on offense against the Patriots. Bill Belichick’s defense is playing at an elite level and could feast off a rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones.
Barkley should have a good chance to return to the Giants in Week 7. He’ll have 10 days to get ready for a favorable matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.