New Saquon Barkley update is the last thing the Giants needed ahead of TNF

The playmaker is dealing with a different kind of ankle sprain than originally reported

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Over the past few days, a major topic of conversation for NY Giants fans has been the injured ankle for star running back Saquon Barkley. In a bit of a surprise, Brian Daboll had said that Barkley was feeling better and he left the door open for him to play on Thursday night.

Barkley was on the inactives list, though, which was the right call. However, the latest news on the Pro Bowler has plenty of Big Blue supporters quite concerned. Leading up to kickoff in Santa Clara, insider Taylor Rooks said she spoke with No. 26, who revealed that he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain instead of a regular one.

Per Rooks, Barkley is doing well and trying to work overtime in the pain management department. He's got his eyes on potentially playing Week 4 vs. Seattle, but a high-ankle sprain is usually a 4-6 weeks injury. Because of that, it feels like a long shot that Barkley will be good to go to take on the Seahawks.

Saquon Barkley dealing with a high-ankle sprain is bad news for the Giants

Barkley is no stranger to ankle injuries. He missed three games during the 2019 campaign with a sprain and then four more back in '21, that time with a high-ankle sprain. When he suffered his latest injury against the Cardinals, you could tell he was in a ton of discomfort.

We've mentioned this before on GMEN HQ, but him smashing his helmet in anger let you know that this also hurt him emotionally. The poor guy was injury-free in 2022, leading to him rushing for a career-high 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns.

However, just two weeks into the season, Barkley is already on the sidelines for one of the biggest games of the year thus far: a Thursday Night Football battle with the 49ers. Not having Barkley out on the field is going to be a major blow for this offense. With this latest news from Rooks too, we shouldn't be expecting Barkley back soon either.