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.
Gallman was a scratch in Week 2, but could take over as the early-down back with Lewis assuming the pass catching role. Back in the offseason, there were reports the Giants had confidence in Gallman. Other reports say the Giants were hosting Freeman on a visit Monday.
Saquon Barkley is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and the Giants are looking for running back help from outside the organization.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they will have Devonta Freeman in for a workout this week.
Freeman said last week he was waiting to sign as four teams were interested. Freeman waited things out and now the Giants could be the best fit for him. The Giants may also be motivated buyers after Barkley went down with a suspected torn ACL on Sunday, the story said. Freeman may not be able to produce at Barkley’s level, but the Giants may see him as an upgrade on the Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman combo that currently leads their backfield. Gallman was a surprise scratch in Week 2.
The Giants might have lost more than just a game on Sunday as the belief is superstar running back Saquon Barkley suffered a season-ending injury.
Barkley sustained a knee injury in the first half of the Giants' 17-13 defeat to the Bears and did not return. Based on manual tests and initial diagnosis, Barkley suffered an ACL tear, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Barkley will have an MRI, but the belief is Barkley is out for the season, Rapoport added. Gallman could be a popular pickup this week. He could get a lot of the early-down work with Lewis the change of pace and pass-catching option. But, Gallman was a surprise scratch in Week 2, leaving Lewis as the backup to Barkley this week.