Many New York Giants fans were so excited about rookie Daniel Jones rallying the team to their first victory in his debut that some have overlooked what they lost in their first non-loss.
And that would be their star running back, Saquon Barkley, who needed to be helped to the locker room after injuring his ankle late in the second quarter of the team’s 32-31 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Barkley was injured when his right ankle bent awkwardly while being tackled by Bucs safety Mike Edwards. Barkley limped to the sideline, where he was immediately attended to by trainers.
Initial reports as he stood on the sidelines on crutches wearing a walking boot were that he has a high ankle sprain, but he is scheduled to have an MRI today.
"I really don't know too much about the injury, got an X-ray on it," Barkley said. "Nothing's wrong with it there. Going to get a better understanding of what it is, and whatever it is, I'm going to work my tail off."
It's a big blow for a Giants offense that had first-round pick Daniel Jones making his first career start. The Giants were already without two of their top receivers in Golden Tate (suspension) and Cody Latimer (concussion).
Barkley entered Sunday second in the NFL with 227 yards rushing. He was averaging 7.8 yards per carry.
The second-year back had eight carries for 10 yards and four catches on five targets for 27 yards before exiting Sunday's game with the injury.
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