Giants' Saquon Barkley: I felt I was letting teammates down when I suffered torn ACL

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Giants' Saquon Barkley: I felt I was letting teammates down when I suffered torn ACL

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is making a good progress from his torn ACL surgery but he is not ready to set the date for his NFL comeback. Barkley, who was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2018, suffered a torn ACL injury week 2 and missed the rest of the season.

Losing Barkley was a big blow for the Giants, who eventually finished the season with a 6-10 record. A torn ACL injury is one of the most challenging injuries in sports but Barkley is happy to have a great team of doctors around him.

"I'm doing really well in rehab," Barkley said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. "Very lucky to have a great team around me, great trainers, great doctors. Everyone has been very beneficial to me and very helpful to me.

So whenever the opportunity I'm able to get back on the football field with my team, I'm definitely going to cherish that moment and I just honestly can't wait for that day to happen soon."

Barkley felt disappointed and sad after going down

Barkley is one of the biggest names on the Giants roster and losing him for the season in Week 2 was an extremely tough thing for the team.

"You have to start all over and you have to teach yourself how to walk, jog, run, sprint, cut and all that stuff again," Barkley said. "But the mental part, especially when I hurt myself, at the moment I felt I was letting all my teammates down.

To watch those guys on Sundays was very emotional. But everything happens for a reason. I have to continue to work. You control the things I can control and let the rest take over." Barkley is excited about his return as he hopes to lead the Giants to success.

"Very excited," Barkley said. "Obviously things were a little shaky in the beginning of the year. ... I got hurt, they started getting things clicking and I think you saw when we got the running game going, we were very hard to beat.

When you have a great running game, a great defense and a great quarterback and talent all around, which I believe we have, we can take that middle portion toward the end of the season when we played some of our best ball and start off with that, I think we're going to be in a very good place."