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Barkley has torn ACL and is out for season

The news people were hoping to avoid hearing actually did come to pass Monday: Saquon Barkley will need surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

The Penn State product and NFL star with the New York Giants suffered his injury on a run early in the second quarter Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Barkley had to be helped off the field and later was carted to the locker room.

Initial reports Sunday suggested Barkley had torn his ACL. And confirmation came Monday afternoon.

The Giants released a statement saying Barkley would undergo surgery “in the near future.”

Barkley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft and was beginning his third NFL season with the Giants. He rushed for 1,307 yards his rookie season in 2018, then for 1,003 yards last year. He’s scored 17 rushing touchdowns in his career.

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He’s also been productive as a receiver, with 149 catches for 1,219 yards and six TDs in his career.

Barkley got off to a slow start, with only 6 yards rushing on 15 carries in the opener against the Steelers. He carried four times for 28 yards Sunday before suffering the knee injury.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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