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David Chao, MD: Saquon Barkley Looking Good, But Still Needs Time

Let’s celebrate that New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is off PUP and has passed his physical. That means the Giants are ready for him to join the team in practice, but there will likely be a ramp up period. Video from today’s practice shows he is doing well but not near 100% yet. He is making great progress and might even play Week 1, but I doubt that will mean 20 carries and full workload to start. Barkley will round into form for a stronger second half of the season but will still need to watch for compensation injuries. The Giants themselves posted a series of videos. There he is 👏@saquon | #TogetherBlue pic.twitter.com/9Fc8H8LL1f— New York Giants (@Giants) August 9, 2021 This warm up video was great to see, as Barkley was out there in uniform with teammates for the first time since his injury. But one can clearly see the atrophy on his right leg. Perhaps that is only because of how huge the muscles on the left side are … but the difference is noticeable. The next video team video shows Barkley in a cone drill cutting to his left and then right. PSA: @saquon […]

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Written by Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.