Injury Updates: Barkley, 49ers, Lockett

The Giants may be a long shot to make the postseason, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to shut down their star players. When asked if the team would rest running back Saquon Barkley, head coach Pat Shurmur responded with an emphatic “absolutely not” (via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY).

Shurmur had previously acknowledged that Barkley was a bit banged up, and that was evident after the running back compiled a single rushing yard on 13 carries during the Giants’ loss to the Jets on Sunday. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports that Barkley had an X-ray on his shoulder after the game. There was some thought that the 22-year-old was suffering from an ankle or leg injury, but Barkley acknowledged that his legs are still feeling good.

The Giants and Barkley will look to get back on track when they return from their bye week. The team will visit the Bears on November 24th.

Let’s check out some more injury notes from around the NFL…

  • We’ve got some updates on key 49ers skill players. ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes (on Twitter) that wideout Emmanuel Sanders‘s s-rays for a rib injury were inconclusive. The veteran was set to undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the “damage.” Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweets that running back Matt Breida will get a second opinion on his sprained ankle. While the injury isn’t thought to be serious, Breida may still be sidelined for several games.
  • Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett was at the hospital last night getting treatment for a leg contusion, but Darin Gantt of passes along that the receiver is alright. Coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN that the bruise caused a “pretty severe situation” thanks to the subsequent swelling, and Lockett didn’t return with the team to Seattle. The 27-year-old is having another productive season, hauling in 62 receptions for 793 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Some good news out of Indy: Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters that wideout Devin Funchess should return to practice this week. “Technically, he could be cleared to play the game,” Reich said (via Jim Ayello of the Indy Star). “But he’s got a few more boxes to check. We have to make sure he’s good to go because this will really be his first week of practice. Then we still have to see how much he’ll be able to do Wednesday. We’re really encouraged. I think there’s another box he has to check before we can go full boar on the practice.” Funchess landed on the IR after breaking his collarbone during the season opener.
  • Bengals tight end Drew Sample suffered a high ankle sprain this past weekend, reports’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter). The 2019 second-rounder will undergo additional tests to determine how much time he’ll miss, but Rapoport notes that he’s a candidate for the injured reserve. The rookie has hauled in five catches for 30 yards in nine games (two starts) this season.
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14 comments on “Injury Updates: Barkley, 49ers, Lockett

  1. compassrose

    My daughter got hit in the shin while batting playing fast pitch. She bruises easily so we didn’t think much about it. A couple days later she showed us her leg it was huge black and very hot to the touch. We took her to the Dr and the bruise got infected. I had never seen or heard of that a few days later the Dr said we would be having a different discussion.

    If I hadn’t known and lived that I would think all this for a bruise. Flying could have also damaged it more. It is nice they have a bye week give guys time to heal after that smash mouth game.

    I do have one question and it is a bit of homerism. I know they said something about the weak in the grasp call. I wonder why nobody said anything about the forward progress not being called when Wilson fumbled and Fluker thought he was Barry Sanders? I think if the guy is driven back 3-5 yards and surrounded by 5 or more guys his forward momentum was stopped. Perry was a decent official but man he doesn’t want to say anything negative about his friends on the field.

    Would be interesting if they made the right call on that. Don’t get me wrong the game was awesome hard hitting and like the days back when Hardblow was coaching.

    I see the last game of the season having a ton of meaning. I am not sure what the game time is if it is a day game should definitely get flexed.

    • Oakley Dude

      Same thing happened to my niece, she bruised her hip playing soccer. Two surgeries later they were done scraping out the infection in her hip joint and she needed 8 weeks of physical therapy to walk right again. Crazy that a bruise can get out of control like that.

      • compassrose

        They said a couple more days it would meant at least surgery if not amputation. It was her shin calf area the surgery would be to take out the infected muscle. If it got into the marrow it might have been amputation at the knee if we were lucky.

    • JoeBrady

      Good to know. Like Oakley said, who’d have thought a bruise could be so dangerous. Makes you wonder if there is a post-bruise treatment that folks should be using, just in case.

    • compassrose

      A small sting ray. They are called s rays because they don’t have a sting yet. Holistic medicine uses them to lay on the injury and cool it down. They also send out vibrations from their world that lets the person feel love so they heal faster.

      That or a typo you figure it out.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    A team that can’t even beat the Jets has ‘star’ players?

    • rct

      Are you just now discovering that football is a team sport? The Cowboys also lost to the Jets; do they not have any stars? What a silly comment.

  3. JoeBrady

    I wouldn’t intentionally lose a game to move up in the standings. But if a team that is one win away from the possible #1 pick, has a legitimate reason to bench a guy, you might as well.

    • If the Giants permanently damage Barkley in this dead season, there will be questions asked for decades about the sanity of those involved. Perhaps they’ll never work again.

      Barkley should be sent home and asked to come back in August.

    • Speaking of one win away from the possible #1 pick – In their 2008 season the Mariners were going into the final week of the year as the team with the worst record in MLB. Continue losing and they would become the winner of the Strasburg sweepstakes. In the final series of the year my M’s swept the Oakland A’s, it was their ONLY home sweep of the entire year and the rest is history. Thx for the reminder haha!

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