A tough loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday was made worse for New York Giants fans after early reports suggested Saquon Barkley could possibly miss the rest of the season with an alleged torn ACL.
Barkley is no stranger to the injury, but his latest seemed to spark something in the 23-year-old running back.
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He injured his knee in the second quarter against the Bears after being struck to the ground by Chicago defensive back Eddie Jackson in what appeared to be a routine tackle. He was eventually transported off the field.
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A frustrated Barkley appeared to make some sort of statement on his Instagram after the game when he deleted every post except a photo of the late Kobe Bryant.
He hasn’t removed the Giants’ name from his biography but the stunt is still a call for concern after a poor start to the 2020 season.
Barkley was coming off one of the worst games of his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 and drew heavy criticism from Giants great Tiki Barber. He had just six rushing yards in 15 carries. He also had six catches for 60 yards. The Giants confirmed on Monday morning that Barkley would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
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Hopes were high for Barkley after recording 1,003 rushing yards and six touchdowns last season. It was the second straight season he recorded 1,000 yards or more.
Fox News Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.