Schefter did say the longer timeframe is considered more likely. He went on to say the Giants bye is week 11, so it's possible if Barkley needs 8 weeks, he'll be able to play in the final six games of the season. We'll have to see how the RB split works out between Gallman and Penny, but the team is also likely to bring in another back.
NYG RB Elijhaa Penny - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 6 at New England Patriots
Elijhaa Penny had three carries for 15 yards last week against the Vikings, adding nine yards on a reception. Penny should get a boost in snaps if Wayne Gallman misses the game Thursday night against the Patriots due to the concussion he suffered on Sunday, but fantasy owners should note that after Gallman went out early, Penny ended up playing only 36% of the offensive snaps while Jonathan Hilliman was on the field for 64%. Penny will likely play a change-of-pace role behind Hilliman or Gallman, depending on Gallman’s status, and since he’s traditionally played like more of a fullback, he’s unlikely to be a consistent fantasy option. He should remain on waivers.