Saquon Barkley scheduled for ACL reconstruction surgery next week

Saquon Barkley is entering the next stage of his recovery from the catastrophic knee injury that ended his season.

Barkley is scheduled for ACL reconstruction surgery next week and doctors are hopeful he will be ready for training camp, according to NFL Network's Andrea Kremer. Barkley's surgery required a delay because the strained MCL he also suffered on his right knee needed to heal before the reconstruction could proceed. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added that Barkley's surgery is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 29 with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

The New York Giants' star running back could be seen in good spirits on Thursday night, rooting for his team up in a suite at Lincoln Financial Field as they battled the Philadelphia Eagles. Considering Barkley was all smiles, it was a sight for sore eyes in New York.

Barkley sustained the season-ending injury in Week 2, which marred the prospect of Joe Judge uplifting a young Giants squad in his first year as coach. For Barkley, it was a major blow to a career that is just getting started, but the third-year back has already shown an assertive effort toward a swift recovery from injury.

In Week 3 of last season, Barkley sustained a high ankle sprain but managed to get back on the field ahead of schedule, missing just a month. With this ACL injury and surgery being far more complex and all that more serious, however, expectations for Barkley's return should be tempered, and the comeback will be laid out cautiously as the Giants plan to restore one of the league's premier running backs.

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