Bears bracing to face ‘full speed’ Saquon Barkley

When Bears safety Eddie Jackson says he’s happy to see Giants running back Saquon Barkley at his best again, two years after Barkley suffered a torn ACL against the Bears at Soldier Field, he really means it.

“He’s back to being himself and I’m happy to see it,” Jackson said. “He got hurt on a play I was tackling him. It was one of those freak accidents. I felt bad. To see him doing what he’s doing now is a sight to see.”

Barkley tore the ACL in his right knee when Jackson drove him out of bounds on a six-yard gain on the first play of the second quarter in that Week 2 game in 2020. Barkley, the second overall pick of the 2018 draft who rushed for 1,307 yards as a rookie and 1,003 yards in 2019, was out for the season.

“I apologized to him,” Jackson said. “I hit him up on Instagram. I texted him. I told him my apologies. I don’t ever play this game to hurt anybody. It was one of those freak accidents.

“I went through it [a broken leg at Alabama], so I know how it is. It’s tough, especially the battle rehabbing to get back. Really it’s a two-year process. Seeing how fast he came back, it was kind of, ‘Oh, it’s freak.”

Barkley returned for the 2021 season opener, but was still in recovery mode. He rushed for 593 yards…

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