The Giants star running back may be set to make an early return to the gridiron.
After suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 3, Saquon Barkley is already making moves in practice. As a result of the injury, the 2018 rookie of the year was said to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. But now, the time frame could be dramatically reduced as Barkley was running and cutting in workouts this week.
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Barkley addressed his remarkable recovery in an interview on Thursday. The running back stated, “I mean, me personally I feel like, like I said, I feel like a lot of it is mental, how you approach it.” According to the former Pro Bowler, he does not expect to be out for long as he dealt with a similar injury during his college days at Penn State.
While Barkley is still recovering, head coach Pat Shurmur has yet to rule out his running back for their outing against the Vikings on Sunday. Although it is unlikely, the possible return of the running back is not impossible. Coming off of a 24-3 win against the division rival Washington Redskins, the Giants’ momentum would be at a season-high if Barkley were to return early.
Even if Barkley does not return Sunday, he has shown signs of recovering much earlier than originally expected.
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