New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley has ‘no doubt’ he will make full recovery

If there’s any player capable of making a full return from an ACL and MCL tear, it is New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley. The former second overall pick is considered one of the most dynamic and electric running backs in the NFL, and the hope is that he can return to for despite a season-ending injury.

Looking at players like Adrian Peterson, who returned from an ACL tear in great shape, Barkley has been in contact with the Hall of Fame running back and the rehabilitation program he utilized to get back into shape.

When asked by reporters if he feels he will make a full recovery, Barkley stated:

“No doubt in my mind.”

“I’m never going to go into anything with a negative approach,” Barkley said. “My mindset is going to be what gets you through a lot of things in life. I just think I know that I’ll be able to come out of this a better player. I know that starts with today, in rehab, and continue to push myself.

Ligament damage is always problematic since they never managed to heal stronger than bone. However, if he is having his entire ACL replaced and re-constructed, it is possible the knee could be even stronger than before.

“Sometimes they say when they do ACL reconstruction, your ACL becomes 10 times stronger. I’m just trying to come in with the mindset of getting one percent better every single day.”

The New York Giants and Saquon have a contract to think about:

With a massive contract in his future, Barkley isn’t focused on money. After this injury, the star back still needs to prove his worth and justify spending a lucrative amount on his services. The Giants certainly aren’t thinking about that at the moment, and while he would’ve demanded a massive contract earlier than his fifth-year option, it seems as if he’s going to have to play his rookie deal out and its entirety.

“I don’t really focus on it,” Barkley said. “I’m not really focused on money right now. I’m just focused on trying to come in every single day and get 100 percent better. Whenever that day is, I can be ready to come back and be ready for my team.”

Barkley has the right mentality when it comes to his rehabilitation, but that doesn’t mean he’s not rooting for his team in the meantime. Fourth-year back Wayne Gallman has taken over the reins in his absence.
Gallman has touchdowns in five consecutive games and has earned 369 rushing yards this year on 4.0 yards per attempt. Barkley is his biggest fan, stating: “Wayne Train, so proud of him.”
Overall, it seems as if Barkley is in high spirits and is spending plenty of time around the team to keep them motivated and focused. He is a leader in the locker room as well as on the field, making his voice more important than ever.