Saquon Barkley

New York Giants
Running Back #26
New York Giants
Running Back #26
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Saquon Barkley News

Will be placed on PUP list

Barkley (knee) will begin training camp on the Giants' preseason PUP list, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Given that Barkley is bouncing back from late-October surgery last year to repair an ACL tear, it's no surprise that he'll be eased back into the mix this summer. Per the report, the Giants' star running back continues to make progress and will be eligible to be activated by the team at any point once training camp gets going.

Jul 22, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Not sure about return date

Barkley (knee) said Monday that he doesn't know if he'll be ready to practice next week when the Giants start training camp, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Barkley said he doesn't intend to be evasive, yet he's still avoiding any discussion of a timeline for return to practice/play. When asked about Week 1, he echoed his response from earlier in July, reiterating that he still doesn't know. Common sense dictates that he'll be either limited or absent when the Giants begin practicing at training camp, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be ready for the regular-season opener. Barkley is returning from late-October surgery to repair an ACL tear that was accompanied by meniscus and MCL damage in his right knee.

Jul 19, 2021 8:14 AM EST

Won't commit to Week 1

Barkley (knee) declined to answer Thursday when Rich Eisen asked him if he'd be ready for Week 1.

Analysis: Barkley went with the "one day at a time" line -- essentially the same response he had a month earlier when reporters asked a similar question. His refusal to discuss a timeline might not be ideal, but Barkley has shown signs of progress throughout the offseason, with his recent workouts including agility drills on sand at full speed. While it's a safe bet he's limited or absent at the beginning of training camp, Barkley should make it back to practice at some point this summer. He had knee surgery in late October to repair an ACL tear that was accompanied by meniscus and MCL damage in his right knee.

Jul 9, 2021 11:24 AM EST

Doing agility drills

Barkley's (knee) recent rehab work has included agility drills on sand.

Analysis: Barkley wasn't available for OTAs or June minicamp, and he told reporters June 9 that he couldn't guarantee he'd be ready for Week 1 against the Broncos. However, his rehab from late-October surgery seems to be coming along on schedule, with Barkley able to run, jump and cut at what appears to be full speed. Even if he isn't cleared for the start of training camp, he should make it on to the practice field at some point this summer. The Giants added Devontae Booker, Corey Clement and Gary Brightwell (sixth-round pick) this offseason, replacing last year's post-Barkley crew of Wayne Gallman (49ers), Dion Lewis (FA) and Devonta Freeman (FA).

Jun 30, 2021 6:27 AM EST

Noncommittal for Week 1

Barkley (knee) was unwilling to guarantee he would be ready for the Giants' regular-season opener Wednesday when asked, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Barkley instead said he's going to be ready "whenever my body tells me I'm ready," leaving the timeline vague. He hasn't participated in OTAs and his comments don't instill a ton of optimism that he will be ready to get things going early in training camp. At this point, it's best to monitor his progress as the season draws closer, but the Giants are likely going to take all precautions now to avoid future complications.

Jun 9, 2021 3:23 PM EST

Won't be available for OTAs

Barkley (knee) was present at the Giants team facility Tuesday, but he won't be available to participate in OTAs while he continues his rehab for a torn ACL and meniscus, Kimberly Jones of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Given that Barkley underwent right knee surgery in October, the Giants never expected him to be back to 100 percent health for spring workouts, so his lack of availability for OTAs comes as no surprise. Barkley could remain held out of drills for the early portion of training camp, but the Giants remain hopeful that he'll be ready to go for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Broncos. In recognition of Barkley's long-term importance to the franchise as well as the fact that he's returning from a major injury, the Giants could choose to ease the running back along slowly during the early portion of the season with lighter snap loads and touch counts than normal.

Jun 8, 2021 7:34 AM EST

Could start season on pitch count

Barkley (knee) hasn't dealt with any setbacks since October surgery, but the Giants could still limit his workloads early in the season, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Analysis: With his ACL tear accompanied by meniscus and MCL damage, Barkley had to wait six weeks after the initial injury (Sept. 20) before undergoing surgery at the end of October. He's since resumed sprinting and jumping, but he won't participate in on-field work during the offseason program, and might not be available for the start of training camp. The Giants brought in a new crew of backup RBs this offseason, replacing Wayne Gallman (49ers) and Dion Lewis (free agent) with Devontae Booker, Corey Clement, Ryquell Armstead and Gary Brightwell (2021 sixth-round pick). Booker is most likely to benefit from extra touches if Barkley is brought along slowly come September.

May 31, 2021 6:50 AM EST

Locked in through 2022

The Giants picked up the fifth-year option on Barkley's (knee) rookie contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Following this decision, Barkley will earn a shade over $7.2 million guaranteed during the 2022 campaign. Currently in the midst of his recovery from a torn ACL in Week 2 of last season, he's on pace to be ready for Week 1 once September arrives. At the moment, Devontae Booker is the primary backup to Barkley, barring a selection in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Apr 28, 2021 2:55 PM EST

On track for Week 1

Barkley (knee) is on track to be ready for the start of the coming season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Giants' star running back tore his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season, but his recovery is apparently progressing well enough that he's expected to be available for Week 1 action. As the NFL draft approaches, Barkley's top backup is Devontae Booker, but it's quite possible that the team will add further backfield depth with one of its six 2021 selections.

Apr 28, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Extension not coming soon

Giants co-owner John Mara said Wednesday that the team is "not in any hurry" to extend Barkley (knee) a long-term extension, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Mara also said that he hopes Barkley is a "Giant for life" and that he's fully confident the star running back will return to full health, but this is nonetheless a murky situation. According to Kevin Patra of, general manager Dave Gettleman said recently that Barkley's injuries have complicated the team's looming decision about whether to pick up his fifth-year option, a choice that will need to be made this spring. Barkley has undeniably been slowed by injury ever since winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2018, and in 2020 he had just 19 carries for 34 yards in two contests before tearing his right ACL. All recent news regarding Barkley's recovery process has at least been positive, so it's difficult to imagine New York simply letting him walk after 2021. However, it's also worth noting that under the new CBA all fifth-year options are fully guaranteed upon being exercised, which could be the causing the Giants to be more cautious after spending heavily in free agency.

Mar 31, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Progressing well

Though Barkley, who's bouncing back from knee surgery, indicated that he's doing "doing really well" in his injury rehab, the running back has yet to outline a target date for his return to action, reports.

Analysis: Barkley tore his right ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season and underwent surgery to address the issue on Oct. 30. Given the timing of his season-ending procedure, he would appear to have a solid chance to be ready to run behind the Giants' revamped offensive line in time for the team's 2021 opener. That said, it remains to be seen when Barkley -- and his teammates for that matter -- next take the field in any capacity.

Feb 3, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Planning rehab with OBJ

Barkley (knee) plans to do rehab work with Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, es reports.

Analysis: The former teammates both suffered ACL tears this past fall, with Barkley having surgery Oct. 30 and Beckham getting his Nov. 10. MCL damage forced Barkley to wait more than a month after the initial injury to have surgery, with doctors then repairing a torn ACL and meniscus. The running back already acknowledged that the meniscus repair could delay the weight-bearing portion of his rehab, making his progress one of the top developments to track for fantasy football throughout spring and summer. Barkley is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, though the Giants can lock him in through 2022 with a fifth-year option -- a decision they'll need to make this spring.

Jan 20, 2021 8:03 AM EST

Details ACL recovery

Barkley remains without a target return date from his October surgery to repair a torn ACL, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Barkley spoke to the media at length for the first time since his late-October surgery, providing details on the situation surrounding the injury. One item addressed was the reason he had to wait six weeks after his injury, explaining that it was necessary to have his MCL heal before going under the knife. Barkley added that he also had his meniscus repaired during the October procedure, and that aspect of his injury will delay the weight-bearing portion of his rehab a bit further. With all that in mind, Barkley expressed a great deal of confidence in himself despite failing to disclose whether or not he believes he'll be ready for the start of 2021. He elected not to discuss playing the season without a contract extension.

Dec 3, 2020 6:48 AM EST

Undergoes surgery

Barkley underwent surgery Saturday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Analysis: Barkley had his surgery delayed almost a month while he recovered from a less severe MCL strain, but it's now complete. The star running back will now begin the arduous process of rehabbing the injury with both the team and doctors hopeful Barkley can make a full recovery by the start of training camp next year.

Oct 31, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Bound for surgery next week

Barkley is scheduled to undergo surgery next Thursday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, Andrea Kremer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though Barkley suffered the season-ending injury back on Sept. 20, he's delayed surgery more than a month while recovering from a less severe MCL strain in the same knee. With his MCL having now healed, Barkley should be at lower risk for any complications with his ACL reconstruction, leaving both the Giants and his doctors hopeful that he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp next year. Since Barkley went down with the knee injury, the Giants have leaned on Devonta Freeman as their main option in the backfield, but he's managed only 3.2 yards per carry across 54 totes through five outings.

Oct 23, 2020 10:33 AM EST

IR move official

The Giants placed Barkley (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The transaction was merely a formality after Barkley underwent an MRI on Monday that confirmed he sustained a season-ending ACL tear in right knee during the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Bears. The Giants have yet to set a date for Barkley's knee surgery, but assuming he experiences no snags in the recovery process, he should be ready to go for the start of the 2020 campaign. In the meantime, Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman are tentatively in line to handle the bulk of the Giants' snaps and touches out of the backfield Week 3, though New York is believed to be considering bringing aboard ex-Falcons starter Devonta Freeman to provide additional competition.

Sep 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Season-ending injury confirmed

Barkley suffered a torn right ACL during Sunday's loss to the Bears, the severity of which has been confirmed by an MRI.

Analysis: Barkley is slated to undergo season-ending ACL surgery in the near future. The superstar running back should have plenty of time to return to full health for 2021, but for the time being the Giants will proceed with Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman out of the backfield. The team will also host veteran free agent Devonta Freeman for a visit this week, per Jordan Raanan of

Sep 21, 2020 9:06 AM EST

ACL tear feared

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that "based on the manual tests and initial diagnosis," it appears as though Barkley suffered an ACL tear Sunday against the Bears.

Analysis: That echoes a report from ESPN's Jordan Raanan, which previously noted that the Giants fear that their star running back tore his ACL. The team will thus have to brace for the possibility of the running back being lost for the season, but such an outcome won't be determined, one way or the other, until after Barkley undergoes further tests Monday. Next up for the Giants' carries are Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman (who was inactive Sunday), but we suspect that if a long-term injury is confirmed here, the team will look to add backfield help in short order.

Sep 20, 2020 2:07 PM EST

May have torn ACL

Barkley suffered a severe right knee injury during Sunday's contest at Chicago, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Giants "fear" Barkley has an ACL tear, and while such an injury is "certainly within the realm" of possibility, he'll undergo additional tests Monday to determine the true extent of the issue. If the worst comes to be true, he'll miss the rest of the 2020 campaign and spend much of the upcoming offseason in recovery mode. Behind Barkley, Dion Lewis and fullback Elijhaa Penny were the team's only other active running backs Sunday, while Wayne Gallman was a healthy scratch. Considering that stable, New York may explore the free-agent ranks, which still includes Devonta Freeman.

Sep 20, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Ruled out Sunday

Barkley (undisclosed) won't return to Sunday's game in Chicago.

Analysis: Barkley was injured on the first play of the second quarter, grabbing at his right leg before needing a cart to get to the locker room. Around the time Barkley was ruled out, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported the running back was getting X-rays on his right knee. With Barkley out, the Giants are down to one active RB (Dion Lewis).

Sep 20, 2020 10:59 AM EST

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