“I’m not out for the season,” Barkley said, per NJ.com. “I’m going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible. Not for myself, but for my team. That’s what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn’t able to be out there with those guys.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Barkley will miss “the next several weeks," which he clarified to mean four to six weeks later Monday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, meanwhile, wrote Monday that Barkley’s MRI exam revealed the high-ankle sprain and put the timetable at “anywhere from 4-8 weeks,” with the longer timeline “considered more likely."
SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano has a source telling him that the most likely scenario is six to eight weeks.
The Giants’ bye week this season is not until Week 11, and Schefter seemed to suggest that Barkley could return for New York’s final six games.
Barkley had eight carries for just 10 yards while also catching four passes for 27 yards before the injury Sunday. He has 237 rushing yards and a touchdown this season. Third-year pro Wayne Gallman (five rushes, 13 yards on Sunday) likely will assume starting running back duties while Barkley is out.
Even while injured, Barkley was able to hobble his way into the Giants’ celebration after their first win of the season, secured when Bucs place-kicker Matt Gay missed a 34-yard field goal as time expired.
“Even though I know I’m not playing, I know I can impact the team with my voice,” Barkley said after Daniel Jones led the Giants back from a 28-10 halftime deficit. “That’s why I wanted to get back out there. I wanted to tell my team how happy I am, how proud I am that they worked their tails off and come out with a whole new mentality in the second half, built on that.”