Saqwon Barkley, who spoke to the media on Friday for the first time in five weeks, said his expectation of himself when he returns is “to be a leader.”
He should have a chance to lead Monday Night Football with the Giants (3-6) out of the game against the naughty Buks (6-3).
Tampa has lost two in a row. Basically, Barkley missed the last five games with a severe left ankle injury early in the Giants’ fifth week in Dallas.
Joe Judge’s attack should bring back both Barkley and Andrew Thomas’s left tackle (ankle / foot), which will hopefully give attacking Jason Garrett a punch in the arm.
“I still believe I’m capable of what I have shown on the field before,” said 24-year-old Barkley, who is officially questioned with an ankle injury.
Barkley’s contribution can be very important because Devonate Booker’s bell (thigh) is also in question due to a thigh injury.
Garrett has relied on Booker for 95 touches, 440 yards and three TDs since Barkley was injured. And the patience and contribution of the veteran helped Judge win two victories in the last three games of the team.
If Booker fails to travel, it will leave the giants with Barkley, Eli Penny and rookie Gary Brightwell to fix the slack. Penny is gaining momentum as a ball carrier, but Brightwell has only one carry and one catch out of 10 attacks this season.
The rookie also missed the giants’ victory over the raiders bye bye after testing positive for COVID-19.
It’s not clear what Barkley can do if he plays. He had limited training all week, didn’t look confident on Friday, and his left ankle was heavily taped.
He did not even reveal the exact nature of his left ankle injury, although the NFL Network reported that Barkley, the “quick healer”, would “only miss one week” due to a “sprained lower ankle” after his injury in Dallas. …
“[It’s] something with my ankle, ”Barkley said Friday. “I really don’t want to get too carried away [specifics]… Whatever is reported is what it is. I just go out every single day trying to get better, and I try to come back. ”
Barkley never made it to the injured reserve, although he missed more than three games that could be eliminated from the IR field.
He said he had no problems with his ankle or a surgically repaired right knee. Obviously, his injury to his left ankle was much more serious than anyone has officially stated.
Barkley admitted that initially no one thought everything was as bad as it turned out. It is unclear if this is all a sprain, but this is the worst possible sprain, for example, grade 3.
“Nobody thought about it at first, but when the MRI results came back, we obviously knew it was going to be a little harder than we thought,” he said. “I just keep my head down and come to work every day.”
He admitted that his agent “received an MRI” and received a second opinion about the injury back in October, although he did not physically travel to Los Angeles to receive it. He repeated, “I trust everyone here,” and about the Giants’ medical staff.
Why Barkley did not communicate with the media from October 14 to Friday is unknown.
He said that as the captain he has a “C” on his chest, but recently he has been a minor and not the face of the franchise. And Booker’s contribution confirmed that Barclay could be replaced.
Barkley admitted he doesn’t know if it will be an injury to deal with the rest of the season. He has missed 21 games, or 36.8% of a possible 57 games in his four years to date.
Obviously Barkley turned the game around in the Giants’ best win of the season, in week four in New Orleans, scoring two TDs, including the winner of the game. And this is also the last time Thomas has played a full game on left tackle, so his presence on the blind side should help.
Thomas still needs to be activated from the injured reserve to the active squad, so he is not on the injury protocol.
But time is running out for Barkley – or it may already be up – to prove he deserves the major renewal he is aiming for.
“I really believe in what you want to achieve, you have to visualize it, you have to work for it,” Barkley said. “Everything I want to get, I can still get. This is how I should live it. ”
“You have to ignore the noise,” he added, “lower your head and keep working. [You’ve got to] have faith and faith that all the hard work you have done will be revealed. ”
THE GIANTS HAVE RELEASED: FS Logan Ryan (COVID-19), WR Sterling Shepard (ATV), Special Timer Nate Abner (knee), extreme Lorenzo Carter (disease / ankle). QUESTIONABLE: RB Sakwon Barkley (left ankle), RB Devontae Booker (thigh), FB Cullen Gillaspia (calves), T.E. Kaden Smith (knee).
If Ryan unexpectedly exits the COVID protocol as early as Monday morning, the giants could activate it at the last minute for the game. But they don’t expect this to happen. Ryan, who remained on the COVID list on Saturday, revealed that his PCR test also tested positive late Friday night, confirming two quick positives that morning.
BUKANNERS RELEASED: WR Antonio Brown (ankle). Doubtful: NT Vita Vea (knee). QUESTIONABLE: IE Rob Gronkowski (back), CB Dee Delaney (ankle / concussion), Rakim Nunez-Rochez DT (ankle).
Gronkowski and defender Sean Murphy-Bunting (elbow) are both decisions made during play, but tend to play, according to Bucs coach Bruce Arians.