The New York Giants took a major hit in Week 2 last season when running back Saquon Barkley tore his ACL. While anticipation is building for one of the NFL’s biggest stars to return in 2021, it may not be as quick as fans hoped.
Barkley suffered the devastating injury on September 20, putting him on a timeline for a full recovery around Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. The 6-footer from New York is progressing very well, showing the ability to make cuts and run routes.
It is a big step in the right direction, but the return is not imminent. NFL reporter Dan Graziano explained on “SportsCenter” the approach the Giants are taking with their franchise running back:
“So the way the Giants are approaching Saquon Barkley this offseason heading into training camp, they’re just going to be as careful as possible, as they can with him. They’re not going to rush him back from injury just so they can say he was ready for training camp, that he was ready for Week 1 … So far so good, but they will probably limit him to the beginning of the field. I think it would be shocking to see him in a preseason game. “
Barkley has even admitted there is no timetable for his return. The Giants report for training camp on July 27, with all players arriving to begin preparation for the upcoming season. While the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will be in attendance, most of his time will be spent building strength and flexibility in the knee.