Barkley went down late in the fourth quarter with some kind of a lower-body injury that required him to be helped off of the field and eventually to the locker room.
Former NFL doc and orthopedic surgeon David Chao reacted to the news by stating that Barkley will likely not be available for the team’s Thursday night game. He could possibly miss even more time than that.
“By video, appeared to suffer a right high ankle injury when he was rolled up on in a pile – unlikely to play on Thursday in W3 – missed time two seasons ago with right ankle issues – he will get X-rays, which we expect to be negative – 2020 ACL tear was on left side.”
Barkley came up limping following a run on second-and-13 with 1:08 remaining in the game, which the Giants ended up winning, 31-28, on a late Graham Gano field goal. Prior to leaving the game, Barkley recorded 17 carries for 63 yards, along with six receptions for 29 yards, finding the endzone twice.
Since being drafted No. 2 overall in 2018, Barkley has logged at least 13 games per season. The 2020 season was the exception as he tore his right ACL in a road game against the Chicago Bears.
He is coming off a season where he had a career-high 295 carries and ran for 1,312 yards. He also caught 57 passes for 338 yards.
The Penn State alum agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with the Giants prior to the start of the season.
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