Giants place Saquon Barkley on injured reserve with torn ACL

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is attended to by medical staff after being injured against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants placed running back Saquon Barkley on injured reserve Tuesday, a day after confirming the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year tore his right ACL.

The Giants made the move Tuesday and replaced Barkley’s roster spot by signing cornerback Ryan Lewis off the practice squad.

Barkley was hurt near the Chicago sideline after trying to fend off Bears safety Eddie Jackson on a 6-yard carry early in the second quarter. The No. 2 overall draft choice in 2018 dragged his right leg behind him as he was helped back across the field to the Giants sideline. ADVERTISEMENT

Surgery will happen once swelling in Barkley’s knee subsides.

Lewis was signed to the practice squad Sept. 8. He signed with Arizona out of Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He made his NFL debut with Buffalo in 2018 and has started six of 20 games played with the Bills, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Miami. He was in training camp with Washington this year.

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