The New York Giants will be without running back Saquon Barkley today due to a high ankle sprain, but the second-year star is apparently confident he will return sooner rather than later.
Barkley doesn't need surgery, but the reported timeline this week after he had an MRI and saw two expert doctors indicated this would be a 4-to-8 week injury. High ankle sprains have a tendency to linger.
However, NFL Network's Kim Jones says Barkley is convinced he can beat the prognosis.
Given Barkley's immense talent and competitiveness, it is not a surprise he thinks he'll be back soon. He had a high ankle issue as a freshman at Penn State and didn't miss much time at all.
However, the last line of Ian Rapoport's tweet is important. If the Giants' training staff is smart, they will not rush Barkley back under any circumstances.
The mood around Big Blue is optimistic after the comeback win over Tampa Bay in Daniel Jones' starting debut last week. However, this is still not a playoff team.
Pushing Barkley to come back if he's not 100% would be foolish. The franchise invested a No. 2 overall pick and considerable money in him, and they have to be mindful of his and the team's future.
New York plays the Washington Redskins today at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.