New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has confirmed that he is doing well from a torn ACL but he declined to put a timetable on his return. "You know me. I'm going to take it one day at a time. Just come in with my head down and ready to work," Barkley said Wednesday after spending the second day of mandatory minicamp inside the team facility while most of his Giants teammates practiced.
"It's going to be whenever my body tells me I'm ready or I'm able to show everyone I'm ready again. That's when I'm going to be able to go out there and hopefully be elite, what I was before but even better."
A source confirmed to ESPN that Barkley is making a good progress from the injury. "Looks good," one of the sources said.
Barkley aims a big bounce back season
"I just expect to come in every single day and work hard, work my butt off, listen to the coaches, listen to the trainers, listen to the doctors," he said.
"I'm going to take it one day at a time. Whenever I'm able to, I guess you can say, go out there and participate with the team again, I'll be ready. "I'm doing well. I'm doing pretty well. Just taking one day at a time.
Just listening to the trainers from [senior vice president of medical services] Ronnie [Barnes] to [director of rehabilitation] Leigh [Weiss] to all the way down and still being in conversations with [surgeon] Dr. [Neal] ElAttrache and [head team physician] Dr.
[Scott] Rodeo. Just listening to them and taking it one day at a time." The Giants don't want to risk anything with Barkley. "We are going to make sure that we take Saquon's rehab at the correct rate for his individual body and injury," coach Joe Judge said Tuesday.
"It's not any mirror of anybody else's injury out there. We have to make sure that we let him get it at his pace and put him on the field [when he] can play 100% aggressive and confident and he's going to play safe and he can play effective."
Barkley has already established himself as one of the best running backs in the league. "At the end of the day, I want to come back and be the best that I can for my team, not just for a short span but for a very long time," Barkley said.
"Like I said, I have no expectation of a set date or when I'll be full-go in this. I'm just going to come in and work every single day because that is what I know."