NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Giants RB Saquon Barkley will be out for "the next several weeks" with a high right ankle sprain. That confirms the video diagnosis of ProFootballDoc.com's David Chao. Wayne Gallman takes over the lead job for a solid matchup with Washington in Week 4. But then the Giants face Minnesota and New England the following 2 weeks. Fantasy owners shouldn't be excited for Gallman in any of those spots, but he'll be an option for many lineups in Week 4 at least.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Barkley is expected to miss 4-8 weeks and that the "longer timeline is considered more likely." The Giants get a Week 11 bye. Returning after that would mean 7 missed games for Barkley. This possibility certainly adds upside to Gallman on waivers. Beyond the Vikings and Patriots matchups lie fine spots vs. the Cardinals, Lions, Cowboys and Jets. Rapoport, by the way, has also updated his report to 4-6 weeks, following Barkley's Monday MRI.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) is "on track" to be ready for the start of the season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Barkley tore his right ACL on September 20, so he'll be nearly a year removed when the 2021 campaign kicks off. We'll keep a close eye on his progress this summer. Barkley's ADP is sitting at 1.03 in early best-ball drafts at FFPC, so don't expect to get a post-injury discount.
Monday morning testing confirmed the Giants' fears. RB Saquon Barkley will have surgery soon to repair his torn right ACL. Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman climb the pecking order with Barkley down. The Giants will reportedly have RB Devonta Freeman in for a visit as well -- and figure to sign someone even if Freeman doesn't fit.
The Giants fear RB Saquon Barkley tore his right ACL against the Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. There will reportedly be further testing Monday to "make a full and complete determination." RB Dion Lewis scored a 1-yard rushing TD after Barkley's departure and should be the next guy up. But RB Wayne Gallman would likely be significantly involved as well.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley suffered what appeared to be a right knee injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears. He immediately grasped at the knee in pain and had to be carried off. This obviously doesn't look good. We'll update Barkley's status when we learn more. Barkley's absence leaves the G-Men with Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman.
Update: Barkley has been ruled out.
Giants HC Pat Shurmur said RB Saquon Barkley was "banged up" during the loss to the Jets. Barkley gave no comment when asked by reporters, but ESPN's Jordan Raanan notes that he appeared to go for an x-ray after the game. We'll see if we learn tomorrow, but Barkley gets a well-timed Week 11 bye.
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