The surgery on New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley's right knee came on Friday, 40 days after it gave out while he was trying to break a tackle in a game against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 20. It was considered a success with the ACL being reconstructed and meniscus repaired.
Barkley had been waiting for the swelling in his knee to go down, which is often the case when there is MCL damage. Then, the procedure was delayed until the World Series ended and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams, was available to perform the surgery.
As the story also said, and perhaps most important to note for fantasy owners, his injury recovery time is considered 9-12 months. He will have about 10½ months to get himself right for Week 1 of next season, so he shouldn't rush his recovery. Knowing his tight relationship with Cleveland receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who also recently tore his ACL, expect the two to intertwine their rehab this offseason while they experience a similar process, the story added.
NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 2 at Chicago Bears
Saquon Barkley had an extremely frustrating day against the Steelers on Monday night, with just six yards on 15 carries. He was often hit right as he got the handoff and was visibly bothered by his lack of production. Luckily, he somewhat salvaged the fantasy day with six catches and 60 yards receiving, but it was definitely not the way fantasy owners wanted to start the season.
He should rebound against Chicago this week. The Bears just allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for 93 yards on 14 carries after only about a week on the roster, so Barkley should have an opportunity to score big here. The Bears are really missing Eddie Goldman in the middle of their defensive line, so expect Barkley to find plenty of space in the heart of this defense and to put up great numbers. Barkley should always be active in all lineups for as long as he’s healthy.