Giants running back Saquon Barkley has a torn ACL in his right knee, and he will miss the remainder of the season after he undergoes surgery “in the near future.”
The Giants confirmed the suspected injury late Monday morning after receiving results of an MRI done earlier in the morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport then further updated Barkley's condition later in the day, including a note that the back also suffered a partially torn meniscus and strained MCL, and must wait for swelling to subside before surgery.
Barkley was carted off the field in Chicago during the second quarter of Sunday’s game, his knee appearing to lock up while being tackled along the sidelines by Bears safety Eddie Jackson. He was unable to put weight on his leg and was taken for X-rays, which were negative, before being scheduled for the MRI on Monday.
The injury leaves a glaring hole in the Giants’ backfield and offense as a whole, even if Barkley did struggle in almost every facet in Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh, a performance that prompted Tiki Barber to call out Barkley’s pass-blocking abilities; Barkley did respond to that, (and Tiki responded to that, too), and the back also has apparently made another statement on his Instagram page by deleting every post except for one about idolizing Kobe Bryant.
The Giants used Dion Lewis, who had 56 total yards and a touchdown, as their lead back in the second half Sunday, but the team reportedly will bring free agent Devonta Freeman in for a workout.
Wayne Gallman, who had one catch for 14 yards against Pittsburgh, and Elijhaa Penny, who has not recorded any offensive stats this year, are also on the active roster, and the Giants have former Cowboys backup Rod Smith, who has 55 games of NFL experience, on the practice squad.
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