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The moment New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley went down with a high ankle sprain, the hopes for any chance of a winning season flew out the window. Moments later, rookie passer Daniel Jones revived those hopes and brought the Giants one step closer to being a .500 team.
Earning their first win of the season mainly without Barkley at the helm, there is hope that back-up Wayne Gallman can hold over the position until the Pro Bowler can return fully healthy.
Barclay visited a second doctor for an alternative opinion on his ankle. Surgery was a possibility before that option was ruled out on Thursday morning. Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay recommended that Barkley can proceed with a rehabilitation program that does not involve surgery. That is a massive boost to the Giants offense who will likely game back their best player within the next 6 to 8 weeks.
However, Barkley returned after just two weeks while at Penn State after suffering a similar injury. I imagine the Giants will be more cautious with the running back. They could return him at the minimum recommended date if the Giants are in a position to contend for the playoffs, but the more realistic option would be to ensure he is fully recovered and allow him to wait until after the BYE week to make his return. Week 12 against the Chicago Bears seems like a likely timetable, but there’s always the possibility that his super-human healing abilities allow him to join the offense earlier than anticipated.
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