What is Saquon Barkley's latest ankle sprain and potential recovery time?

Joshua Rogers October 11, 2021
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The Giants running back was carted off in the first quarter against the Cowboys on Sunday. What’s the latest on Saquon Barkley’s ankle sprain and what the recovery time is?

Saquon Barkley suffers ankle injury vs. Cowboys

Giants running back Saquon Barkley injured his left ankle in the first quarter of a 44-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Barkley hurt his ankle after landing on the foot of Cowboys defensive back Jourdan Lewis.

Barkley hobbled off the field to the sideline, where he sat on the bench for a few minutes.

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Trainers evaluated his condition and he was taken to the locker room via cart.

A particularly nasty image of the ankle sprain circulated on social media shortly after.

What do we know about the actual injury?

Barkley missed 14 games in 2021 after tearing his ACL in September. 

However, his latest ankle injury is yet another setback for the RB and a major blow for the Giants.

Initially, reports were conflicted about the actual nature of the ankle injury.

According to the New York Post, Dr. David Chao – the former team physician for the Chargers – estimated from afar that it is a “significant lateral inversion ankle sprain.”

“Not as bad as [a] high ankle sprain but difficult to return given at least a Grade 2 [of 3] sprain, which means tearing of lateral ligaments,” the publication reported Chao as saying.

However, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Barkley is believed to have suffered a low-ankle sprain.

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So what is Saquon Barkley’s recovery time for his latest ankle injury?

Rapoport stated that Barkley suffered a low-ankle sprain, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Barkley will at least miss Week 6 with the injury, according to Rapoport, but will attempt to return the following week.

Of course, Barkley’s return depends on the severity of the ankle injury once doctors have assessed it.

According to Harvard Medical School, a Grade 1 ankle sprain has a recovery time of 1-3 weeks.

If Barkley’s injury is a Grade 2 ankle sprain – indicating partial tear to the ligaments – the recovery time is estimated to be 3-6 weeks.

Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain in 2019, which has a typical recovery time of 6-8 weeks.

He only missed three games, but did struggle for form for at least the next five weeks.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.