If thereâ€™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:
â€œNo doubt in my mind.”
â€œIâ€™m never going to go into anything with a negative approach,â€ Barkley said. â€œMy mindset is going to be what gets you through a lot of things in life. I just think I know that Iâ€™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.
â€œSometimes they say when they do ACL reconstruction, your ACL becomes 10 times stronger. Iâ€™m just trying to come in with the mindset of getting one percent better every single day.â€
The New York Giants and Saquon have a contract to think about:
With a massive contract in his future, Barkley isnâ€™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 arenâ€™t thinking about that at the moment, and while he wouldâ€™ve demanded a massive contract earlier than his fifth-year option, it seems as if heâ€™s going to have to play his rookie deal out and its entirety.
â€œI donâ€™t really focus on it,â€ Barkley said. â€œIâ€™m not really focused on money right now. Iâ€™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.â€