The New York Giants are going to be without star running back Saquon Barkley in the coming weeks, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
Barkley came up lame after being tackled near the sideline late in the second quarter of today’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was helped to the locker room and spent the second half on the sideline in a walking boot and on crutches.
It was apparent that Barkley injured his right foot or ankle. Raanan is reporting it is a sprain and he’s expected to miss “some time.”
Saquon Barkley has an ankle sprain, per sources. Good news in that initial diagnosis is not a break. He’s in a boot and on crutches on the sideline. Expectation is that he will miss some time.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 22, 2019
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Barkley’s official injury is the dreaded high ankle sprain but we’ll have to wait to see what the Giants say about it.
With Barkley out of action, third-year pro Wayne Gallman will be the Giants’ main option at running back. However, New York is going to have to find additional help at the position.
The team released Paul Perkins last week and lost Rod Smith to injury at the end of the preseason. Currently, it has rookies Jon Hilliman and Austin Walter on the practice squad.
Expect the Giants to hit the waiver wire hard or potentially execute a minor trade for depth.