Matthew Stafford injury update: Lions QB expected to play vs. Chiefs Bears’ Matt Nagy praises Khalil Mack: He’s ‘on another level right now’ Melvin Gordon activated by Chargers, reportedly will have limited role vs. Dolphins Saquon Barkley is optimistic he will return from his injury sooner than later. The Giants running back, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain, has told people he can beat his four- to six-week timetable for recovery, according to NFL Network, which cited unidentified sources. The report added, however, that the Giants’ training staff will make sure he’s cautious in making his return. Per @KimJonesSports, #Giants RB Saquon Barkley is already telling people he can beat the timetable for recovery from a high-ankle sprain, while the team training staff will make sure he’s cautious enough.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 29, 2019Barkley injured his ankle in the second quarter of Week 3’s win over the Buccaneers and had to be helped to the locker room. He came back to the sideline using crutches and wearing a walking boot.Coach Pat Shurmur said earlier this week that New York doesn’t plan on placing the star on injured reserve. Related News “At this point, no. … I want to be clear, [the plan] doesn’t involve putting Saquon on IR,” Shurmur told reporters Thursday. “Rehab him and get him ready to go. See how that plays out.”Shurmur’s comments come after Barkley visited specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, who reportedly told the running back that he won’t need surgery, according to NFL Network. TightRope surgery was an option to help stabilize the ankle, which is a procedure Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had last year on his high ankle sprain.Barkley, selected with the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, had rushed for team-high 227 yards, second in the NFL, and had one rushing touchdown in two games entering Week 3. He had eight carries for 10 yards and four receptions for 27 yards before leaving Sunday. Last season, he led the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage as a rookie and also scored 15 total touchdowns to earn 2018 NFL Rookie of the Year honors.Wayne Gallman, who had five carries for 13 yards in Sunday’s game and has only seven carries for 30 this season, is expected to carry the backfield workload in Barkley’s absence.The Giants (1-2) are will host the Redskins (0-3) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.