Monday night saw a clash between New York Giants and Cleveland Browns, which ended in 10-6 win over the Browns. The Giants didn’t only lose the game, but also faced with a bigger problem when their wideout and top offensive weapon Odell Beckham Jr. took a hard hit in the knee from Browns corner Briean Boddy-Calhoun, also banging his head onto the pitch in the process. After picking himself up, Beckham Jr. threw away the helmet and walked to the locker room with a painful look on his face. Television cameras even caught Beckham Jr. rocking back and forth on his knees in the tunnel and trying to ease the pain.
This obviously caused a lot of concerns for the Giants, who are not in the position to lose their most important offensive player. After being cleared for the concussion, X-ray results also came back negative. The official Giants statement is that Odell Beckham Jr. “sustained a sprained ankle” and “will undergo further examination“. This most certainly means he will be out for the rest of preseason but should be back until the opening game of the regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on September 10th. In a post-match interview, when asked about the possibility of him being ready for that game, he said “I don’t know, man. I am pretty concerned, but I think I will be alright.”
Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t the only wide receiver who got hurt in the game. Tavarres King hurt his ankle again, while Brandon Marshall needed to get X-rays on his shoulder. The game against Cleveland Browns saw New York Giants suffering their second defeat in the preseason. Last season saw the Giants finishing with a record of 11-5, having a 10 win season for the first time since 2010. Their playoff run ended in a disappointing defeat against Green Bay Packers, the final result being 38–13 for Packers.