Running behind Saquon Barkley

Q: How did you feel there today?

A: Feel very good. Getting better every day. Just keep adjusting and take one day at a time, listen to the coaching staff, listen to the coaches.

A: Something with the ankle.

Q: Is it like a low sprain? So it was reported, so I ask.

Answer: I mean, I really do not want to get too involved in this – whatever has been reported – is what it is. I’m just going out every day trying to improve and come back.

Q: There are no obstacles with your knee, right?

Q: Did you have any foot problems during the rehabilitation process?

Q: How long did it take from what you initially expected? At first, it seemed like even when you talked to us, it didn’t seem like you thought this was going to be kind of a four-game thing.

A: Yes, I did not. I think everyone – when it was first reported, I think at first no one thought that, but when the MRI came back, we definitely knew it would be a little harder than we thought. I just kept my head down and came to work every day.

Q: Was it a third-degree sprain?

Answer: I really do not want to go into too much detail. These questions are more for (Head) Coach (Joe) Judge or (Rehabilitation Director / Physical Therapist) Leigh (Weiss) or (Senior Vice President of Medical Services / Chief Athletic Coach) Ronnie Barnes.

Q: Is this something similar to high ankle sprain that you will need to manage and play for the rest of the season?

A: I do not know. I think I will know whenever I have the opportunity to go back there. Right now, I’m just focused on coaching and leading and trying to improve and trying to get back on track for my team.

Q: Was that COVID test a hindrance, do you think you could have returned sooner if not for it?

Answer: I mean, this is kind of in the air. Of course, as a competitor, I would have liked to try and play last week, but I lacked practice for a day or two – I had to be home for a day or two – and not in practice, obviously, I think I can say, take me away from what I would have liked to achieve. But no one knows and can not predict this. I could have gone out and trained and not felt good and still not be able to play or I could have gone out of practice and felt good enough to go out there and play.

Q: You look very explosive out there right now. Do you feel – I do not even know if 100 percent is something in the middle of a season – do you feel like you usually feel on the Friday before the game?

Answer: I would say just a little pain when you are rehabilitating and when you are moving away from an injury, especially an injury where you have to not carry weight for a while. There will definitely be some pain there, but this is part of football, it is part of the game I like to play, and I have to keep listening to the coaches, listening to the coaches and trusting my body.

Q: What has been the last month for you just psychologically coping with this?

Answer: It is bad. As a competitor, you want to be there. I just went a whole year, lost 14 games due to a knee and that I had to watch all the games on TV or be there. Then I have to lose three or four games, no matter how many games I lost, it is definitely bad. I just lost the game and I hope to get that opportunity this week. You just have to keep trusting them and keep building.

Q: Do you expect to be in a number on the field?

Answer: This is not a conversation I had with the referee or any of the coaches, so I have no expectations. I’m just trying to improve and show them that I can be able to go out there and play and be able to defend myself and help the team.

Q: What did you do the week you had COVID? Were you able to train yourself?

Answer: Luckily, I have a gym in my house, so – in fact, I did not have COVID, so I want to clarify. I actually did not have COVID. But when I was false positive or whatever it was, I had a gym downstairs, so when I needed to quarantine a bit, I just went down to my basement, stayed away from my family and talked to (Director of Strength and Performance Craig Fitzgerald) Coach Fitz and sent me the training. I went to my weight room and did it.

Q: That Friday after you got rid of the false positive, you were not in the field of practice. Were you at home being quarantined exercising at that gym that day?

A: I forgot its composition and how it went. I think I came to test on Tuesday – yes, that Friday I do not think I would have been on the field, but I think I could and I was allowed to return to the building because of the rules because I was vaccinated. I do not really remember, but I was not on the field that Friday. Or maybe I was alone with Leigh and them. I’m not very sure.

Q: No matter how big a competitor you are, have you been able to find ways to nurture that competitive nature while you were not on the field?

Answer: When I thought I had COVID, I played Madden a lot, I think that’s somehow. Playing board games with my family. There is nothing that will feed him like playing football. It’s not just a competitive side, it’s just the love of the game and how passionate I am about it. Like I said, every day so far this week, just trying to come back and just improve and show the coaches that I am able to get out there, defend myself and be able to help the team.

Q: Do you call as 75 submissions in a row when you are playing Madden?

Answer: No, I did it as an exclusivity mode and I made the team suck and get rid of all the star players and get my draft selection.

Answer: Yes, I like a big rebuild.

Q: Do you trade yourself?

Answer: No, I do not play with the Giants because it is too close to home. Say if I am playing a game and if I dig the ball, I have to leave the game. It’s very strange to me, so I stay away from the Giants.

Q: Were you fully practiced today or were you limited?

A: What did he say? A doli?

Q: They did not say that, so I’m asking you to take a jump on any injury report.

A: I think we will wait until it comes out, right?

Q: How much extra rehabilitation do you need to do now for this still ankle? As after the practices.

A: Both. You need to rehabilitate your ankle, you need to rehabilitate your knee and you need to rehabilitate your body. I know I’ve been hit and hurt the last two years, but I employ a lot of people. I do a lot of extra work on my body. That’s why some of the injuries, I think you might say, make no sense, but you have to keep staying in your body. It’s no different if I didn’t have an ankle injury or if I didn’t have a knee injury a year ago, Week anyway in the NFL, it’s a tear and crack in your body, so you need to take care of your body no matter what. The extra things you need to do for your body are needed no matter what, if it weren’t for the injury or you just want to keep going out there and be healthy.

Q: Did you get a second thought about your wrist? Did you have to go to LA or something?

Answer: No, I did not have to go to LA, but my agent checked the MRIs and it is always smart to get a second opinion. Of course, I trust everyone here from (Hospital for Special Surgery) HSS, (Chief Team Physician / Orthopedist) Dr. (Scott) Rodeo to Leigh, all their thoughts. Like I said, I also don’t want to go too deep into this.

Q: You are a very business oriented person. When all of this is happening, how can you avoid thinking it’s costing you money? Look, I realize you can do nothing, you stepped on a boy’s foot, but the reality is that the more time you lose, the more the perception is, “Hey, he’m prone to injury.” You know the situation. How do you not think about it?

A: You live life, you know what I mean? I can not control it. Many people say, ‘control what you can control’ and that is what I live with. I spend time with my family, I live life, I smile, I work my butt. I believe very much in everything, the things you want to achieve, you have to imagine, you have to work for it. All the things I want to get are still there to get them. This is how I should live with it. There will be obstacles. There will be misfortune – not just as a footballer, but in everything you do in life. Just because you have a little difficulty, a little obstruction, does not mean you have to start listening to all the noise. You have to ignore the noise, lower your head and keep working, have confidence and have confidence that all the hard work you have done will come to light.

Q: Have you thought about this though? Is it something you could have avoided completely, or it has crossed your mind and then you are able to overcome it? I know you mentioned last time it was like a cycle, right? The first initial reaction is disappointment and then you have to overcome it like a day or two or whatever.

Answer: No, the only process of thinking is to come back, to come back with my team, to come back playing the sport I love. Of course, just when I felt like I was starting to come back, I definitely got hurt. But we have, what, eight, nine games left in the regular season? All we want to achieve is still there and we just try to get back as healthy as I can to get out there and try to make a move on this thing in the second half of the season.

Q: You mentioned that for you personally everything you want to get is still achievable here, so every time you come back for the last half of the season, what are your expectations for yourself?

Answer: I have a ‘C’ on my chest for a reason, be a leader. I still believe I am capable of the things I have shown on the field before, so when I am able to do those shows, when those shows come to me, do those games and do not force anything and take it. one day at a time. That’s really the only thing I can do. These are my expectations. Take it one day at a time, be a leader I am and be the player who knows I can be and knows I will be.