Saquon Barkley was destined to be a Hall of Fame back based upon his sensational 2018 rookie season (1307 rushing yards, 91 receptions). Even after struggling at times in 2019, most people thought he’d bounce back this season with another all-purpose masterpiece even if the Giants rebuilding.
Unfortunately, the former Penn State product only got two games to flex his skills this season as the 0-2 Giants confirmed on Monday that Barkley tore his ACL against the Chicago Bears in a loss on Sunday. He will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the year.
Barkley left early in Sunday’s game after his right leg bent awkwardly while he was being shoved out of bounds. Initial tests indicated he had a torn ACL, and an MRI confirmed the diagnosis.
Barkley is the Giant’s most popular and talented player and he carries a Christian McCaffrey (out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain) load of responsibility for the offense and is vital to the development of second-year QB Daniel Jones. The team is already struggling and now they are headed to another miserable season and Top 3 pick.