Giants' Saquon Barkley's Ankle Injury Diagnosed as Sprain; Will Undergo MRI

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2019

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley suffered an ankle injury Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first half and did not return.

After the 32-31 win, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Barkley had a high ankle sprain and that he will undergo an MRI on Monday.

"I'm not out for the season," Barkley toldreporters after the game. "I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible. Not for myself, but for my team. That's what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn't able to be out there with those guys."

Barkley was spotted hobbling on the field with his crutches after the Giants won in dramatic fashion on a missed Matt Gay kick:

Barkley had eight carries for 10 yards and four catches for 27 yards before exiting.

The 22-year-old New York City native was selected by the Giants with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft following a standout career at Penn State. As expected, he made a huge impact as a rookie, leading the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and scoring 15 touchdowns.

Barkley remained mostly durable throughout his time with the Nittany Lions, appearing in 38 of a possible 40 games during his three years in college. He missed time during training camp last year with a hamstring injury, but he played all 16 games during the regular season.

If the latest ailment forces him back to the sideline, Wayne Gallman should receive a majority of the touches in the New York backfield. It could also lead to some additional opportunities for fullback Elijhaa Penny in short-yardage situations.

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