NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Barkley is expected to be out four to six weeks because of a high ankle sprain, per a source informed of the situation. Giants coach Pat Shurmur later confirmed the injury but did not offer a timeline for a return.
Barkley left the win in the second quarter and was helped to the locker room. He finished the game with eight carries for 10 yards and four receptions for 27 yards.
The second-year back knew after the game that the injury wouldn't keep him out the season.
"Would I say I'm really hurt? No," Barkley told NFL Network's Kimberly Jones after the game. "Could it be way worse? Yes. I'm not out for the season. I'm going to try to do hopefully whatever I can do to get back as quickly as possible. Not just myself but for this team."
We now have a slightly better timetable for Barkley's eventual return this season, though it would make sense if the Giants played it safe with their young star back and kept him off the field until fully healthy.