Running back Saquon Barkley will likely miss Thursday’s Giants-Patriots game, according to ESPN.
Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain during Week 3, a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was expected to miss at least six to eight weeks.
But Barkley hasn’t been officially ruled out, and intends to travel with the team to Foxboro, according to the New York Post.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur was asked Tuesday about Barkley missing Thursday’s game and said: “You didn’t hear that from me.”
Barkley told reporters he was taking his recovery “day-by-day.”
Barkley said Sunday that he didn’t think his recovery would take that long.
“How can anyone tell me how long I’m supposed to be out?” Barkley asked an NFL Network reporter. “... Everyone’s putting these messages out there and no one heard from my mouth that I’m out six-to-eight weeks. That made no sense at all.”
But according to ESPN, Barkley will not be able to get medical clearance to take on the 5-0 Patriots.
That leaves rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, starting in just his fourth game, without one of his top weapons.
To make matters even worse for the Giants, wide receiver Sterling Shepard and Wayne Gallman, who has been playing in place of Barkley, have been dealing with concussions and had the team practiced on Monday, they wouldn’t have participated. Evan Engram would have also missed with a knee injury.
Gallman suffered his injury during the Giants’ loss on Sunday to the Vikings, which left just undrafted rookie Jon Hilliman, who played at Boston College, and Eli Penny, a fullback, on the depth chart.