The internal cocktail of confidence and health that Saquon Barkley worked tirelessly to restore has finally returned.
The Giants running back was set on Sunday against the Cowboys to be talked about for his ripped ACL in the past as he built a performance of 126 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4.
“You just know when you’re going to have a good game, I guess you can tell, when you’re feeling good,” Barkley said, “and I felt pretty good before the Dallas game.”
Then, in the Giants ‘sixth offensive snap, Barkley accidentally stepped on Jourdan Lewis’ foot with his head turned the other way to watch an incomplete pass. He jumped onto the bench on his own, where his sprained left ankle immediately swelled.
It was then that Barkley could no longer hide his frustrations.
“I didn’t want to get on the cart because the last time I was on the cart I was out for the season,” said Barkley. “I didn’t want to have that mentality, but as clear as you saw my ankle, it was pretty hard to step on even though I wanted to put up with it.”
Barkley didn’t practice Thursday and almost certainly won’t play against the Rams on Sunday. He could be on the shelf for more than one game.
“What would go through your head if you just readjusted for 10 or 11 months to get back on the pitch and then hurt yourself rolling your ankle while stepping on someone’s foot?” other ? Said Barkley. “You are going to be frustrated. You are going to be exhausted. You are human. I am human. So obviously you have these negative thoughts creeping in. You have a day or two to think it over and have that “Why me?” »Mentality.
“Thinking back to the way I reacted, I was a little disappointed with myself, but I really care about the sport. I care a lot for my teammates. Another reason I’m frustrated is that I feel like I’m letting them down. Now I’m just ready to go back to work and keep improving.
This will be the third time in as many seasons that Barkley has run out of time due to injury, tracing back to a three-game absence with a sprained ankle in 2019. That’s enough fuel for critics who weren’t there. disagree with using the No.2 pick in the 2018 Draft on a running back due to the wear and tear associated with the position to say the Giants can’t give Barkley a big contract extension as the team’s top playmaker will look for one during the offseason.
“I only control what I can control, and right now the only thing I can control is find a way to get back on the pitch and take care of my body,” said Barkley. “All of these other things are out of my control so I can’t even focus on that. To be completely honest, the last thing that comes to mind is financial security or contract talks.
Looking for a silver lining, Barkley is hoping the forced leave from his left ankle will be good for his surgically repaired right knee.
“I would never step onto a football pitch if I don’t think I can contribute, or I don’t think I can protect myself, no matter if it was an injury before the major injury or ‘injury after major injury, “Barkley said.” Anytime I’m ready to go, I’m going to go. “