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Giants’ Saquon Barkley says he had sting, but ‘wasn’t limited’


It turns out the Giants were out of Sunday’s loss even earlier than it looked.

The outcome could have been determined on Wednesday, when Saquon Barkley suffered a neck injury in training. Barkley has revealed he suffered a sting, which was why it was listed as questionable in the week’s final injury report and treated as a game-time decision in Sunday’s 48-22 loss to Los Angeles. Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

“I wasn’t limited,” Barkley said after playing 20 snaps and rushing nine times for 28 yards. “I think it was part of the game plan. Obviously, we went down. I know we were willing to start the rotation. I was limited [in practice] all week, but was able to pass the tests and be released.

The running back, who underwent an MRI scan at the weekend, pushed to enter the lineup when the Giants called it a 50/50 chance for him to play as he arrived at the stadium for treatment early.

Saquon Barkley rushes in the Giants’ loss to the Eagles.
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“I wouldn’t say we had a shot count, but I think we had a plan,” head coach Brian Daboll said. “We were going to make sure we were smart with him. I just wanted to make sure we weren’t overloading him.

Daboll previously said Barkley’s injury was not a result of training.

“It was kind of until the last minute with the neck, and the only thing I did was keep rehabbing him all week and trusting the doctors and the coaches,” Barkley said. . “They kept telling me that if it kept getting better I would have a chance. I woke up [Sunday] morning and I felt like I was ready to go, and the doctor agreed with me.

Barkley is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry during the Giants’ six-game 1-4-1 streak. He still accounts for 30% of the attack’s total yardage in 13 games.

Saquon Barkley, left, stands next to Daniel Jones on the sidelines late in the Giants' loss to the Eagles.
Saquon Barkley, left, stands next to Daniel Jones on the sidelines late in the Giants’ loss to the Eagles.
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“Sa is a leader and he wants to win,” left tackle Andrew Thomas said. “He’s a big part of our attack and if we can’t get him going it’s going to be tough. We need to do a better job of creating traffic lanes.

The sight of a helmetless Barkley wrapped in a winter coat on the sidelines to start the fourth quarter was the first sign of admitting defeat. He ended concerns he had raised that he could have aggravated the injury by playing and jeopardized his availability for next week’s must-see virtual game by saying there was “no doubt” that he will play Commanders.

“I came out of the game pretty well,” Barkley said. “Obviously I’m disappointed with the result, but it should be good.”

Barkley said the injury happened when he spun after catching a pass and “something ignited in my neck”.

“I would have loved to play more,” Barkley said, “but I’m looking forward to the next opportunity, and I’m probably sure I’ll have a bigger role than this game.”

Barkley could not say for sure if the neck injury is related to the bumped right shoulder he suffered since Week 5. Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox landed hard on Barkley’s shoulder during of the third quarter on Sunday, which forced him to the sideline. , where he tested his range of motion and returned after a few games.

“Somebody ran over it,” Barkley said, “but I think it was flat, so it wasn’t like anything crazy.”

New York Post

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