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Saquon Barkley: ‘No doubt in my mind’ ankle can hold up in games

Matt Johnson
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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) points to his family on the sideline during warmups before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK

Less than a month after suffering a high-ankle sprain, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is confident that he’s now ready to return to the field for Week 7.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Barkley said he’s feeling good and there’s zero doubt in his mind that the ankle could hold up if he’s allowed to play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

It’s frankly remarkable that he’s this far along in his recovery given initial estimates expected him to miss four-to-six weeks. Now the NFL’s reigning Rookie of the Year feels he’s ready to return weeks before the likeliest timetable for his return.

Of course, his status for Sunday’s game will be decided by New York’s medical staff. Barkley is the heart of the Giants’ offense and they want to protect him to avoid any long-term damage he could potentially suffer. While fans wait to see if Barkley will suit up on Sunday, at least the star running back feels confident in the ankle.