Saquon Barkley can not wait to get back on the field for the Giants

Saquon Barkley on Friday declined to go into details about the ankle injury that has put him on the sidelines since Oct. 10. But he did not hesitate when asked to describe its psychological effect on him.

“It stinks,” said the Giants, who run back after training, talking to reporters for the first time in about five weeks. “As a competitor, you want to be out there.

“I just went a whole year, missed 14 games due to a knee [injury in 2020] and having to watch all the matches on TV or be there [in the stadium]. So to miss three or four games, of course, is a shame. “

However, it looks like Barkley’s recent wait may be over.

He was limited in training on Friday and coach Joe Judge said no decision has been made on whether or not he will play against Bucs on Monday night. But things seem to be going in that direction.

“I’m feeling pretty good and getting better every day,” Barkley said.

He played in just two games last season due to a torn ACL. He had 195 rushing yards and a further 130 receiving this season as he rolled his left ankle against the Cowboys as he stepped on the foot of Dallas’ Jourdan Lewis.

Initially, there was hope that Barkley would only miss a week or two. Instead, he has missed four games. “When the MRIs came back, of course, we knew it was going to be a little harder than we thought,” he said.

Barkley said he might have been able to return to the Raiders on Nov. 7 if a false positive COVID-19 test had not put him on the sidelines of that training week.

“I certainly think one could say that it set me back from what I would have liked to have achieved,” he said. “But no one knows, and I can not predict.”

Barkley said he spent his forced COVID-19 break playing the video game “Madden NFL” – he never chooses the Giants because “it’s too close to home” – and board games with his family.

He was able to keep up with his fitness because he has a gym in the basement of his home.

Asked if he feels “100%”, Barkley admitted he had some soreness from the rehab process.

He said he has not considered what his two significant two-year injuries could do to his future contract value. He said he is only focused on the now.

“Everything we want to achieve is still out there, so just try to get back as healthy as I can and try to run on this thing,” Barkley said of the 3-6 Giants.

“I have a ‘C’ on my chest for a reason, to be a leader,” he said, adding that his expectations are simply to “take it one day at a time, be the leader I am, and be that playmaker, as I know I can be, and know I want to be. “

Notes and quotes: S Logan Ryan missed training due to COVID-19 protocols. Although he was not ruled out by the referee, it seems unlikely he will play on Monday. The Giants said Ryan was tested Thursday due to close contact outside the facility and was negative. He tested positive Friday. Julian Love expects to play a bigger role if Ryan is out. “It’s definitely a blow, but we have some resilient guys,” Love said. . . LB Lorenzo Carter missed training with a non-COVID disease.

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