At some point in the near future, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley will return to the field after suffering a torn ACL in a Week 2 loss to the Chicago Bears last season.
However, no one is quite sure exactly when that will be — not even Barkley himself.
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“Those are conversations I actually haven’t even had yet, so far, with the trainers and the coaches,” Barkley said when asked on “The Rich Eisen Show” if he would start the season on the PUP list. “The focus is to take it one day at a time and kind of go with the flow. Listen to your body and listen to your team, and listen to your trainers.”
Barkley has been vague about his potential return date all offseason, as have the Giants. They maintain the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will not return to the field until he is “100 percent” healthy.
In the mean time, Barkley says he’s just trying to get quality time in with his family prior to the start of training camp while focusing on “getting one percent better” every day.
“The only thing I can do is take it one day at a time and keep that approach,” Barkley added.
Pressed by Eisen in every way possible about a potential return date, Barkley stuck to his guns. However, he did provide a little optimism when asked if he’s worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy football — meaning he would play in all 17 games this coming season.
“I believe so,” Barkley said. “I know so.”
Make of that what you will.