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Saturday’s NFL: Giants’ Barkley has ACL surgery on right knee in California

Associated Press

East Rutherford, N.J. – New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Giants coach Joe Judge confirmed the surgery on Saturday without giving specifics.

Judge said Ronnie Barnes, the team’s senior vice president of medical services and head trainer, spoke with the surgeon in Los Angeles and said the procedure seemingly went well.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Giants coach Joe Judge confirmed the surgery on Saturday without giving specifics.

Barkley, the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was injured against the Chicago Bears in the second game of the season when he was tackled at the end of a run. He has been waiting for the swelling in the knee to go down before having the surgery.

“He seems to be in good spirits and we look forward to getting him back on this side of the country,” Judge said.

The Giants have struggled this season, posting a 1-6 record in Judge’s first season as coach.

Barkley’s mother, Tonya Johnson, posted a tweet saying that the surgery was a success.

The second pick overall in ‘18, Barkley ran for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 91 passes for 721 yards and four TDs. He was limited to 1,003 yards rushing and 52 catches last season, when he missed three games and was slowed by an ankle injury. The former Penn State star had 19 carries for 34 yards before being hurt this season.

Patriots’ Gilmore out

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore will miss his first regular-season game in three seasons when the Patriots visit AFC East-leading Buffalo on Sunday.

Gilmore, who has been dealing with a knee injury, was downgraded to out, along with rookie safety Kyle Dugger (ankle) and offensive lineman Justin Herron (ankle).

They join receivers Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry, who were previously ruled out for Sunday. Edelman had a surgical procedure on his ailing knee this week and Harry is still recovering from the concussion he sustained in the Patriots’ loss to the 49ers.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Gilmore has started all six games this season. He has 20 tackles and one interceptions in 2020.

The Patriots have lost three straight games.

Personnel dept.

The 49ers activated running back Tevin Coleman and cornerback K’Waun Williams from the injured reserve list. The Niners also placed running back Jeff Wilson Jr. on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain and activated receiver River Cracraft and safety Johnathan Cyprien from the practice squad.

... The Chargers activated offensive tackle Trey Pipkins from the COVID-19/reserve list.

... The Jets signed kicker Sergio Castillo from the practice squad and placed safety Bradley McDougald (shoulder) on injured reserve.

... The Cowboys ruled out quarterback Andy Dalton (concussion) for their game in Philadelphia, clearing the way for rookie Ben DiNucci’s first start.