Saquon Barkley: I don’t have an answer for when I’ll practice or play

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Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been careful not to place a clear timeline on his return from tearing his ACL early last season.

In a recent appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, Barkley deflected several questions about when he might be available to play. The 2018 offensive rookie of the year did the same while addressing the media at a youth football camp on Monday.

“I’ve been asked a lot. I guess that’s what the theme of this summer is gonna be, when I’ll be back. But no, I don’t have an answer, to be honest,” Barkley said, via Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. “I’m not trying to lead it up to it, stuff like that or blow something up. I don’t have an answer. It’s a fun process, but it’s a tough process at the same time. So I’m excited to continue to listen to my body, listen to the trainers, listen to the coaches, and just take it day by day.”

Barkley tore his ACL in Week Two of last season and underwent surgery in October.

Per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Barkley also said on Monday that his knee “feels pretty good,” though the running back is unsure if he’ll be able to practice at the start of training camp.

After leading the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage as a rookie — 1,307 rushing, 721 receiving — Barkley’s production dipped in 2019. He missed three games and finished with 1,003 yards rushing and 438 yards receiving with eight total TDs.

The Giants have picked up his 2022 fifth-year option, but Barkley will need a strong comeback year to be in line for a lucrative extension with New York.

10 responses to “Saquon Barkley: I don’t have an answer for when I’ll practice or play

  1. Yeah this isn’t sounding too good. He should be able to give a general timeframe at this point. What a wasted draft pick.

  2. how do you draft a franchise qb and a generation talent at rb first overall… and completely ignore fixing the line? they’ve had a bottom of the league line for years. completely wasting and probably shortening both their careers. who knows what Daniel Jones ceiling could’ve been, his development has been severely hampereed.. but they signed an expensive wideout and drafted another in the first, because adding weapons will somehow magically improve the blocking so jones can actually have time to get them the ball.

  3. He’s nine months post-surgery. At this point, he should not be challenging the ligament as the graft is still growing in.

    I tore my MCL, ACL, and meniscus at 57 and rehabbed hard (but not pro athlete hard). At 10 months post-surgery the interior of the joint still felt swollen and I did not really trust it. At 12 months, that changed a lot and my trust improved significantly. Give him until September and then see if he can run hard. I bet he does.

  4. Adrian Peterson’s miraculous recovery from torn ACL to MVP of the league, has put unrealistic expectations on player recovery since. I don’t have a problem with him not putting time tables on anything and just working through the process. Not sure why others are so negative about it here.

  5. The NY Giants will still sign him long term extension at the maximum salary. After all, he had that one good season.

  6. Do not give this guy another contract until he plays a full season again. We need the money for o line.

  7. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    July 19, 2021 at 12:14 pm
    Adrian Peterson’s miraculous recovery from torn ACL to MVP of the league, has put unrealistic expectations on player recovery since.

    “Miraculous recovery”, “unrealistic expectations”, NAH it just show how medicine, healthcare and therapy are advancing at a very rapid pace now days. If people remember it wasn’t long ago that a hip replacement meant 5-7 days in bed before therapy even started, but now days they have you up and walking with-in a few hours of the surgery.

    A lot of other players that’ve had ACL/MCL surgery have hit the field in 8-10mos of the surgery(Wentz comes to mind, tore his ACL in mid Dec and was back to starting QB position in early to mid Oct the following season), so unless Barkley has had some sort of setback he should be getting real close. If anyone remembers he was walking, even up and down steps without crutches at the Giants facility just two months after his surgery.

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