The New York Giants got awful news on Monday, as MRI’s confirmed that Saquon Barkley will miss 4-8 weeks of action with a high-ankle sprain.
How quickly we come crashing back down to earth — just hours after a miracle, come-from- behind win against the Buccaneers, the Giants were dealt a blow as the team learned it will now be without it’s all-world tailback for a month or two, at least. The news was about as bad as could have been expected after we learned that it was an ankle injury, as broken ankles are usually able to be diagnosed right away. The team was hoping the sprain would be of the low-ankle variety, as high-ankle sprains take much-more time to recover from.
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Daniel Jones will now-not enjoy the luxury of having a runningback as good as Barkley at his disposal. Big Blue does have 2017 fourth-round draft pick Wayne Gallman as it’s primary backup, and the former Clemson Tiger has proven himself to be more-than capable in his brief time as a Giant. Although fullback Elijhaa Penny can play halfback in a pinch, the team is clearly going to have to sign another runningback as the active roster only features Gallman and Barkley.
Although the Giants are in about as bad as possible position to lose a runningback, roster-wise, as anyone in the league, the good news for the Giants is that there is actually a deep pool of proven NFL runningbacks that are still on the street. Here are five runningbacks that are available to be signed right now, with each of them making some level of sense for Big Blue to take a look at.