Team op­ti­mistic, but no timetable for RB’s re­turn

The Morning Call - - FRONT PAGE - By Pat Leonard

Saquon Barkley has opted against surgery, and the Gi­ants won’t place him on in­jured re­serve.

Pat Shur­mur sounded op­ti­mistic on Thurs­day that he could get Barkley back rel­a­tively soon, in fact, though he wasn’t will­ing to put a time­frame on it.

“Saquon got his sec­ond opin­ion and I guess it’s been deter­mined we just re­hab him and get him ready to go, see how that plays out,” Shur­mur said. “Ob­vi­ously as coaches we have a short time hori­zon so he won’t be avail­able this week, but we’ll just see at what point he is. I don’t want to put any time­frame on how long it will take him to come back.”

Shur­mur added that what­ever so­lu­tion the Gi­ants cre­ate for their run­ning back sit­u­a­tion, “it doesn’t in­volve putting Saquon on I.R.”

NFL Net­work re­ported that “tightrope surgery” was one con­sid­er­a­tion that Barkley de­cided against for his high right an­kle sprain. That type of surgery would have been the op­tion to bring Barkley back as quickly as pos­si­ble, by­pass­ing nor­mal rest and re­hab.

Alabama quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa un­der­went tightrope surgery to re­turn a mere 28 days af­ter suf­fer­ing a high an­kle sprain to play in the SEC Cham­pi­onship Game last win­ter.

The rel­a­tively new pro­ce­dure tight­ens the bones and lig­a­ments in the lower leg like a zip-tie when they are dam­aged by a sprain.

The other op­tions are a full-fledged surgery with screws in the an­kle and heal­ing, or sim­ply stan­dard re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, which Barkley has cho­sen here.

Barkley’s orig­i­nal time­line for re­cov­ery had been re­ported as four to eight weeks, likely more on the later side of that es­ti­mate.

But Shur­mur didn’t want to com­mit to any­thing.

“You never know how long some of these things take,” he said. “I’m not will­ing to put a time­frame on it.”


Gi­ants run­ning back Saquon Barkley is helped off the field af­ter in­jur­ing his an­kle against the Buc­ca­neers dur­ing Sun­day’s game.

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