Dr. Chao: Saquon Playing In Week 7 Is Realistic

Dr. David Chao anticipated a short recovery for Saquon Barkley, and so far, that appears to be the case

The DA Show
October 03, 2019 - 11:44 am

When Saquon Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 22, some thought his season could be over. Others thought it would be an eight-week recovery.

Well, Barkley practiced Wednesday, running and cutting just 10 days after the injury.

Dr. David Chao of ProFootballDoc.com isn’t surprised.

“I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but when it happened, I showed the video and went over it and I said, ‘Look, I hope I’m right, I hope it’s not worse, but this isn’t the end of the season,’” Chao said on The DA Show. “I was expecting four to six weeks. I think he might be closer to four than the six, so it’s good news. He looked pretty good early on.”

The Giants (2-2), who have won two straight games, haven’t officially ruled Barkley out for this Sunday’s showdown against the Vikings (2-2), but that announcement will likely come sooner rather than later.

“He’s not playing this week,” Chao said. “He’s got to get back to full speed and cutting. The NFL game is hard. It’s not going to be this week. I think four weeks – Week 7 is realistic at this point in time, and good for him. He’s returning faster than some thought. Some were saying eight weeks, and at one point, there was fear of surgery, which I personally never had.”

Indeed, when Chao saw video of the play that caused Barkley’s injury, he was optimistic it would be a short recovery.

“I don’t know for a fact. I haven’t examined him,” Chao said. “But my impression, what I would call insider knowledge from working in the NFL, taking care of these guys and also studying video . . . that was my suspicion. There are different varieties and different severities of high-ankle sprains: everything from A.J. Green’s, where he still hasn’t returned yet from the first practice of training camp, to Patrick Mahomes, who suffered one in-game Week 1, limped through that week and limped a tiny bit more the next couple weeks but still is on a torrid pace.”

Barkley has rushed 37 times for 237 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and one touchdown this season. As a rookie, he accounted for 2,000+ total yards and 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, four receiving).