Former Penn State standout Saquon Barkley may miss next eight weeks for New York Giants

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley stands on crutches in the bench area after getting injured against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for 2018 Saquon Barkley has a high sprain to his right ankle and there is no immediate timetable for his return.

Other than confirming it was a high ankle sprain, Giants coach Pat Shurmur didn’t have much additional information to offer Monday, a day after rookie quarterback Daniel Jones rallied New York (1-2) from an 18-point deficit to a 32-31 win over Tampa Bay.

ESPN, however, is reporting that the former Penn State standout will miss four to eight weeks, with the longer timeline more likely. That means Barkley may not return to the Giants until after the team’s 11th week bye. That would return him for Week 12 against the visiting Bears.

Barkley was hurt with less than four minutes left in the first half. He caught a swing pass from Jones and was chopped down near the sideline by defensive back Mike Edwards. He had to be helped to the locker room before halftime and was on crutches and with a boot on the ankle in the second half.

Former Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon had a high ankle sprain last season and he missed the first five games of the regular season.

Wayne Gallman is going to take over for Barkley, who had 10 rushes for 8 yards before being hurt. The Giants are probably going to have to sign another running back, Shurmur said. Eli Penny is the only other running back on the roster.