In his young career, Giants running back Saquon Barkley has yet to face the New England Patriots. Still, due to his ankle injury, it's questionable whether or not the Giants' workhorse will get that chance in Week 6.
The Giants and Patriots meet on a short week, as the two face each other at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Thursday Night Football to kickoff Week 6 of the NFL's weekend slate.
If Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had his way, Barkley's debut against the Pats will be put on hold.
"He's an outstanding player. You're right, we haven't faced him, and I hope we don't," Belichick said on Monday.
Due to his high-ankle sprain, no one knows for sure yet if Barkley is going to suit up, who are reeling from a 28-10 loss from the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was very vague with his injury update on Monday in regard to Barkley, stating he's "closer than he was last week" and "there's a possibility" he can play.
Regardless, Belichick said he's prepping to face Barkley after the rusher's updates from the weekend. He didn't play last week, but Barkley was a limited participant in practice on Friday.
While typically a 6-8 week injury, Barkley, who was injured on Sept. 22, then proclaimed this weekend he never said that was his timeline.
"Who can anyone tell me how long I'm supposed to be out?" he said. "No one was in the doctor's office (with Barkley), no one has seen my ankle, everyone's different."
All things considered, Belichick is assuming it'll be Barkley in the Giants backfield.
"We need to be ready for him. He's a very competitive guy, I'm sure he's doing all he can to get ready to go. He was close last week, so we'll probably get him," Belichick said. "(Barkley has) got a ton of skill, as good as any back we've seen on film."
Potentially further adding to the Giants' desire for Barkley to return is Wayne Gallman. Barkley's backup suffered a concussion on Sunday.