When the New York Giants face the New England Patriots on Thursday night, it appears they’ll be without their best player. Saquon Barkley could miss yet another game due to his high-ankle sprain.
New York’s offense runs through Barkley and his ability to make explosive plays. Wayne Gallman is a serviceable backup, but he suffered a concussion on Sunday against Minnesota.
Although Barkley has taken great strides in his rehab process, the former No. 2 pick isn’t ready to play just yet.
Giants insider Jordan Raanan is reporting that Barkley is unlikely to play on Thursday night.
Barkley did return to practice last week, but the team believes it’s too early for medical clearance. It’s only been 16 days since he suffered the injury.
Since the Giants could be without Barkley and Gallman, the next running back on the depth chart is Jon Hilliman.
Saquon Barkley unlikely to play Thursday night against the Patriots, per sources. Still expected to be too early for medical clearance despite returning to practice last week. It has been 16 days since he suffered a high ankle sprain.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) October 8, 2019
Playing on a short week derails any chance of Barkley being active this week. If the team had its next game on Sunday, there’d be a much better chance that he would play.
The reality is that New York isn’t going to be contending for a Super Bowl this season. It makes sense to let Barkley get back to 100 percent for the rest of the year.
Barkley could return to the field as soon as Oct. 20 against the Arizona Cardinals.