NFL News: Saquon Barkley Out for Week 3 against the 49ers

Saquon Barkley’s illustrious presence on the football field has made him an invaluable asset to the New York Giants. However, with Thursday’s impending face-off against the San Francisco 49ers, the Giants’ camp confirmed a glaring omission: Barkley won’t be playing. 


This will make NFL Lines even more favorable for San Francisco, they already sit at -10 on BUSR. 


The decision wasn’t made impulsively. On Sunday, during a captivating win against the Arizona Cardinals, Barkley faced a rather uncomfortable ending. An awkward pull during a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter led to Barkley’s exit. The subsequent MRI, taken on Monday, solidified the Giants’ worst fears: Barkley had a sprained ankle. While a league source had already hinted that the running back’s recovery would be on a week-to-week basis, the extent of the injury was initially shrouded in mystery, keeping fans on tenterhooks.

As if the hit to the offensive lineup with Barkley’s absence wasn’t enough, the Giants will also have to make do without several other key players. Their All-Pro left tackle Andrew Thomas, with a hamstring injury, will not be featuring in the game. In addition, pass rusher Azeez Ojulari (hamstring) and starting guard Ben Bredeson (concussion) will be notable exclusions. This presents a challenging scenario for the Giants, who need to recalibrate their strategy to compensate for these losses.


nfl player saquonbarkleyWho will step up? 

In Barkley’s absence, the Giants’ playbook will look towards two noteworthy names: Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell. These running backs will be shouldering the weight Barkley leaves behind. Alongside this duo, rookie Eric Gray will also be a crucial component. Although both Breida and Brightwell wore the Giants’ colors last season, their combined yardage was dwarfed by the Barkley-Daniel Jones pairing.

Breida, however, is no stranger to stepping up when required. When asked about this challenge he said: “I was fifth string, and then I was a starter at one point, so this is nothing new to me, I’ve been playing. Football is football at the end of the day; you go out there and play.” This resilient mindset demonstrates Breida’s readiness to take on the role of a lead back, a crucial attitude given the current circumstances.

The offensive line will see further changes due to the injuries of Thomas and Bredeson. The projected lineup, mirroring the ensemble that wrapped up Sunday’s game, includes LT Josh Ezeudu, LG Mark Glowinski, C John Michael Schmitz, RG Marcus McKethan, and RT Evan Neal. These players will need to summon their collective strength and synergy to face off against the formidable 49ers’ defensive line.


The sight of Barkley, post-injury, was indeed heartbreaking for both fans and teammates alike. Cameras caught the moment when a visibly frustrated Barkley was assisted off the field. His evident distress, culminating in him slamming his helmet down, spoke volumes about his passion for the game and his team.

Barkley’s statistics for the season, albeit short-lived, were already proving promising. With 114 rushing yards and a touchdown from just 29 carries, it’s evident why his absence will be deeply felt in NFL Odds

However, while the Giants may be dealing with setbacks, football, as always, is unpredictable. With Coach Brian Daboll’s strategic acumen, the drive of players like Breida, and the potential surprise elements that rookies like Gray can bring to the table, the Giants are far from out. The game against the 49ers will not just be a test of their physical prowess but also their ability to adapt, innovate, and overcome adversities. This is what makes football thrilling, after all: the uncertainty of outcomes, the rise of underdogs, and the indomitable spirit of athletes.