Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked pretty good during limited practice work this week, but the team isn't ready to put him on the field as he's been ruled out of New York's Week 5 game against the Vikings.

Coach Pat Shurmur told reporters earlier this week that Barkley "felt good" in his recovery from an ankle sprain as he worked with New York's training staff. He held off on ruling him out for Sunday but made the decision Friday.

The running back reportedly told people he can beat his initial four- to eight-week timetable for recovery, according to NFL Network, which cited unidentified sources. The Giants staff, however, is taking a cautious approach in easing Barkley back into practice.

Barkley injured his ankle in the second quarter of the Giants' Week 3 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.

Shurmur said last week that the plan for Barkley is to "rehab him and get him ready to go," and he will not be placed on injured reserve. 

After the injury, Barkley got a second opinion from specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, who reportedly told the running back that he won't need surgery, according to NFL Network. 

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 the game.

Last season, he led the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and scored 15 total touchdowns to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

The Giants (2

-2) will host the Vikings (2-2) Sunday with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET.