When New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley went down to a high-ankle sprain Week Three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, initial estimates were that the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year would miss six to eight weeks.
Um, more like six to eight days.
Or that is sure what his head Pat Shurmur made it seem like yesterday, when he was talking to the media ahead of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. He didn’t even rule Barkley out playing this week.
When it was pointed out to Shurmur that some doctors had him out eight weeks, he snapped back, "not my doctors."
That’s an absolutely stunning statement.
If the Giants could get Barkley back in time for Sunday’s game, it would be an absolute boon. They have won two consecutive games under rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
Of course, given the Vikings bruising defense and the solid play of backup Wayne Gallman in his stead, it would certainly make far more sense to give him at least one more week off.
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