Though the New York Giants are off to a rough 0-2 start to their 2020 season, they were dealt a much bigger blow than their second loss on Sunday. Star running back Saquon Barkley went down with a knee injury on the first play of the second quarter in their matchup against the Chicago Bears. After Barkley was carted off and suspected of a potentially season-ending injury, the Giants announced that an MRI on Monday morning confirmed a torn ACL. Barkley will undergo knee surgery and miss the remainder of the NFL season.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley underwent an MRI of his right knee this morning at Hospital for Special Surgery. The results of the testing confirmed that Barkley suffered a torn ACL in yesterday’s game in Chicago.
Barkley will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future.
Obviously a huge disappointment to a New York Giants team that has already struggled out of the gate after a number of down years, losing Saquon Barkley for the years changes the outlook of their entire season. Barkley also battled injury issues last season, missing three games but still posting a 1,000-yard season.
Barkley was poised for another huge year in his third season but will now have to wait until next year to continue building his legacy. Barkley pieced together a historic rookie season in 2018, rushing for 1,307 yards and hauling in 91 receptions for another 721 yards.
With Barkley out of the picture now, the Giants will turn to rebuilding around the young pieces that they do have. The Giants don’t feature many other threats out of the backfield so we could see them take a flier on a veteran free agent such as Devonta Freeman or Lamar Miller.