The Giants have lost their two most important offensive players in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
Saquon Barkley has been ruled out against the Cowboys after suffering an ankle injury in the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, Daniel Jones was carted off after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit as he tried to barrel into the end zone. The third-year QB was replaced by veteran Mike Glennon, who handed off to Barkley’s replacement Devontae Booker for a 1-yard touchdown on the next play.
Jones had completed 5 of 13 passes for 98 yards with nine yards rushing on three carries.
On New York’s second drive of the game, Barkley was pulling up on his route following an incomplete pass when he accidentally stepped on Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis’ foot. He then limped off the field and was carted into the locker room. The team briefly declared his return questionable before ruling him out for good. The star running back had rushed just twice for nine yards.
It’s another unlucky blow for the former No. 2 overall pick. Barkley spent much of the past year rehabbing a torn ACL suffered last September. He was able to return in time for the season opener and finally looked like himself just a week ago, tallying 126 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in a comeback win over the Saints. After earning Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors in 2018, Barkley was compromised for much of his second season with a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him for three games.
Sunday’s freak injury comes almost one year to the day of Dak Prescott suffering a dislocated and fractured ankle in the same stadium in the same matchup.
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