Bears unlikely to dodge Saquon Barkley in Week 12


The New York Giants pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday that was led by rookie QB Daniel Jones, who was making the first start of his NFL career after replacing Eli Manning earlier in the week.

New York's 32-31 victory came at a price, however. Superstar running back Saquon Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain that will keep him out of the lineup for potentially as long as eight weeks.

If it takes Barkley the full eight weeks to recover, his first game back will be at Soldier Field against the Bears in Week 12. And while that would seem like a stroke of bad luck for Chicago, it really isn't.

It usually takes a player who's returning from a high-ankle sprain a few games to get back to 100% confidence. And while Barkley is hardly the common player, he, too, is likely to have some hesitation early in his return to the field.

The best-case scenario for the Bears is to face a Barkley-less Giants. But that doesn't appear likely barring a setback in his recovery. And if Jones plays the rest of this season the way he did against the Buccaneers, Week 12's game will be a much tougher matchup for Chicago's defense than anyone would've imagined when the schedule was released during the offseason.

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