Saquon Barkley on ankle injury: 'I didn't want to get on the cart because the last time I was on the cart, I was out for the season'


Saquon Barkley came into the 2021 season trying to prove to Giants fans and himself that he can play without missing any significant time to injury. Only six weeks into the NFL season, Barkley is expected to miss the team's Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Rams after suffering a nasty ankle sprain last Sunday. It will be his 18th missed game due to injury over the past three seasons.

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Barkley, in a press conference with the media Thursday evening, shared his frustration on his injury history and doesn’t know why this keeps happening to him.

"I’ll be honest, it’s frustrating. It doesn't make sense why it's happening," Barkley told reporters on missing games with an injury for a third straight season, per SNY. "But I can't keep that mindset. You can't get anywhere with it. Everything happens for a reason."

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Ever since Barkley’s rookie season, one that saw him win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2018, Barkley has not played an entire regular season game since his breakout rookie campaign.

Barkley recalls what was going through his head when he went down with his ankle injury during last Sunday’s game vs. the Cowboys.

"I felt like I just started getting my stride back," Barkley said, adding, "I didn't want to get on the cart because the last time I was on the cart, I was out for the season, so I don’t want to have that mentality.”

Barkley was not the lone Giant dealing with injury issues. Receiver Kenny Golladay is not expected to play against the Rams after suffering a knee injury. Daniel Jones, who also left Sunday’s game vs. the Cowboys with a concussion, practiced Thursday taking limited snaps, but is still expected to suit up Sunday.

The G-men definitely dodged a bullet as Barkley’s X-rays revealed no significant damage and the expectation is to have him return in Week 7’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Despite this, Barkley doesn’t want to put a timetable on his latest injury.

"I don't plan to put any expectations on the day, the game, the comeback," Barkley said. "I'm just going to listen to my body, listen to the trainers, take it day by day."

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