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#pounditFriday, December 4, 2020

Saquon Barkley refusing to be shut down for season despite injuries

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The New York Giants are 2-7 and going nowhere. Their young star, Saquon Barkley, is dealing with multiple injuries. He still has no intention of shutting it down in spite of this.

Barkley was held to a career-worst one yard on 13 carries in Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. He is still trying to recover from a high ankle sprain, and went for an X-ray on his shoulder after Sunday’s loss. Despite the temptation to protect a beaten-down standout, Barkley has no intention of sitting as long as he’s capable of playing.

“The mindset of sitting me out and resting me for the rest of the season is beyond me,” Barkley said, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “I do not agree with it. It won’t happen. I’m going to keep going until I can’t go no more. That’s the player I am and I’m going to do it for my teammates.”

Barkley is averaging 2.6 yards per attempt since returning from his ankle sprain, and has lacked his usual explosiveness. The shoulder issue, whatever it may be, is new. You can understand both sides of this one. Barkley is young, but as long as there are no adverse impacts long-term, he’s good to go and it’s the attitude you want in a star. Besides, he can still reel off some impressive plays even if he’s less than a hundred percent.

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