He will undergo surgery in the “near future,” the team said, after he underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday to confirm the tear. Barkley will miss the rest of the season while rehabbing. It takes on average six to nine months to get back to full activity after an ACL tear.
Barkley was tackled by Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson early in the second half on Sunday when his right knee buckled. He reached for the knee in clear pain and agony. Unable to put any weight on the leg, he had to be carted off the field.
He did not return to the game and the Giants lost 17-13.
Barkley was the second overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Penn State. He’s been one of the league’s star backs in the two full seasons since his selection and is due to sign an extension after the 2020 season. There’s a fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
He also missed time in 2019 due to a high ankle sprain.
The injury is one of a large number during Week 2 of the NFL season. Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is reportedly expected to miss 2-6 weeks with a sprained ACL joint. He and other stars are awaiting MRI results to better assess their outlooks.
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