(Editor’s note: You can find an updated story on Saquon Barkley’s injury status right here.)
Saquon Barkley, the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday afternoon and spent the second half of the New York Giants’ game on the sideline in crutches and a walking boot.
The severity of the injury is not yet known but, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who cited a source, Barkley is set to undergo an MRI on Monday.
Barkley appeared to roll his ankle in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when getting tackled after a catch. He was helped off the field and to the locker room with a noticeable limp.
One outside expert, Dr. David Chao — who offers real-time injury analysis as the “Pro Football Doc” — said he believed Barkley might miss “multiple weeks.” Chao, who served as the San Diego Chargers’ team doctor for 17 years, noted that Kansas City Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes returned in Week 1 with a similar injury — but Barkley could have a harder time coming back since he’s a running back and high ankle sprains are hard to tape.
So far this season, Barkley boasts 227 rushing yards and a TD on 29 carries. He also has seven catches for 47 yards.
Barkley played at Penn State for three seasons, earning two Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year awards, before declaring early for the NFL draft in 2018. He was drafted No. 2 overall by the New York Giants.