New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley has confirmed that the doctors were able to save his meniscus during a surgery procedure on his torn ACL and acknowledged that it was a "good thing" for him. During a Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears, the biggest name on the Giants roster -- Barkley -- tore his ACL in his right knee and he was carted off the field.
Over a week later, Barkley underwent a successful surgery to reconstruct the ACL and repair the meniscus in his right knee. "They were able to save my meniscus," Barkley said. He later added: "Which is a good thing."
Barkley, who was taken at No. 2 in the 2018 NFL draft, got off to a strong start to his NFL career as was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and also set the record for the most receptions by a rookie running back in a single season.
Barkley has noted that physically he expects to return to his old level or be even better. "No doubt in my mind!" Barkley claimed.
Barkley optimistic and in positive spirits
"Then at the end of the day, sometimes they see when you do ACL reconstruction, your ACL becomes 10 times stronger, to be honest," Barkley said.
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson -- who is considered as one of the best players in the history of the game at his position -- called Barkley to offer him his advice on recovery from a torn ACL. I'm 2012, eight months after recovering from an ACL surgery, Peterson rushed for over 2,000 yards and was named the league MVP.
Barkley hopes Peterson's advice will help and he will be able to perform at a high level when he returns but he insists that he is keeping things realistic. "I'm not Superman," Barkley said. "I never viewed myself as Superman."
Barkley is eligible for a contract extension for the first time in his career this offseason but he insists he is not thinking about that. "Don't really focus on it. Not really focused on money or anything right now," Barkley said.
"I'm really just focused on coming in every single day and be 1 percent better. Whenever that day is, I can come back and be ready for my team." The Giants own a negative 4-7 record but still they would be in postseason if the playoffs started today as they hold the No. 1 spot of the NFC East Division.