Arlington, Texas – The Giants are about to experience Life Without Saxon Barkley, Part 3.
Sources told The Post that Barkley suffered a left lower ankle sprain and will likely miss the game, but on Sunday the Giants were heaving a sigh of relief when X-rays confirmed the star was walking back, So he doesn’t have a broken bone at the end of the season. It will be the third time in four years that Barkley has been sidelined, and the Giants are 7-10 without him in the past two seasons.
“It’s fresh, so I’m pretty sure it’s disappointing for him,” said receiver Kenny Golladay. “But he is in good spirits.”
In the first quarter of a 44–20 loss to the Cowboys, turning his head the other way after an unfinished pass high up, Barkley stepped onto the foot of Cowboys cornerback Jordan Lewis as he slowed down his route. He then collided with teammate Kadarius Toni and fell to the ground.
Barkley stepped off the field, sat on the bench for a few minutes in apparent pain as trainers examined his ankle, and was eventually loaded onto a cart to return to the locker room. He was quickly out for the game.
Coach Joe Judge said, “I care about the player’s welfare and health.” “We’ll do the best we can through him. If he’s ready to go out and play, he’ll just get out there and play. If there’s anything we have to do [do] To make sure we can get him back to health over time, we’ll do the same for him.”
The Fox broadcast immediately showed Barkley’s bare feet with massive swelling. At the time, former Chargers team physician Dr David Chao speculated from afar that it was a “significant lateral inversion ankle sprain”.
“Swelling is common when the shoe is removed,” wrote Chao, whose ProFootballDoc.com site is widely respected within the league. “A first-time ankle sprains cause more damage. not that bad [a] High-ankle sprain but difficult to return if given at least Grade 2 [of 3] Sprain, which means tearing of the lateral ligament.
The Giants are on the verge of ending the season after a 1-4 start, three games behind the NFC ex-leading Cowboys. Therefore, they must walk a fine line and not let uber-competitive Barkley do their thing in the lineup before they are ready and jeopardize their long-term explosiveness.
Barkley missed just three games in 2019 with a more serious high-ankle sprain, but was not himself for the first five games after his return, when he averaged 4 yards per week or less after the week. The ankle injury comes just as Barkley looked like himself – a pivotal cutback runner – in return from last October’s surgery on a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus.
Devonte Booker, who was a healthy scratch in Week 3, made both Giants’ touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving), but averaged only 2.5 yards per carry. The Giants signed Booker as an insurance policy against Barkley’s knee. Now he can be called because of Barkley’s ankle.
“From the eyeball test, he did some solid work for us,” the judge said. “Something tough is going on. I saw him move [blitzing] Shore protection. He works hard, he works hard, we have faith in him as a player.