New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley provided a spark for the team Sunday afternoon when they needed it most. He was one of the players who stepped up offensively in the second half after New York had been outscored 60-0 in their first six quarters of the season.
Saquon Barkley finished the game against the Arizona Cardinals with 17 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown, adding six receptions for 29 yards and another score. Unfortunately, his afternoon was cut a little short because of an injury.
On the Giants’ final drive of the game, Saquon Barkley was wrapped up and had his lower body bent awkwardly and fell on top of. He needed help getting off of the field and was seen slamming his helmet on the ground out of frustration on the bench.
A concerning, yet positive update was provided after the game as he was reportedly walking around okay. But, later Monday, it was revealed that Saquon Barkley was dealing with an ordinary ankle sprain and would be sidelined for three weeks.
Alas, reports of him being sidelined for games may have been premature. According to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, Giants head coach Brian Daboll has not yet ruled out his star running back for Thursday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers.
New York is going to wait until game time to make a final decision about his status. Daboll said that Saquon Barkley is feeling better and that he is a quick healer, giving Giants fans a slight bit of hope that their offensive star will be on the field in a few days.
While this is certainly a positive update, it is hard to believe that Saquon Barkley would be on the field four days after suffering an ankle sprain. More than likely this is a little gamesmanship from the Giants who are looking to keep the 49ers guessing for as long as they can.