The mystery is over.
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) is inactive for Sunday night’s regular-season opener against Dallas, the club announced.
Beckham, who suffered the sprained ankle in the Giants August 21 preseason game at Cleveland, did not practice with the team this week because of his injury. Despite that, he made the trip with the club to Dallas and was spotted on the field prior to the game working with a trainer as he tested out his ailing ankle.
Ultimately, the trainers and doctors either didn’t like what they saw, or Beckham didn’t feel as though he could give it a go. Thus, he will be a spectator while the Giants try to get a leg up against the Cowboys in the regular-season opener.
Last season, Beckham accounted for 20 of the team’s 46 big-play pass attempts of 20 or more yards from scrimmage during regular-season play.
Roger Lewis Jr. is believed to be the receiver who will take Beckham’s snaps this week.
In addition to Beckham, linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion) is inactive. Robinson has spent most of the summer in the concussion protocol, though in recent days he appeared to make progress in which he did some running outside while the team practice. He had been declared out of tonight’s game on Friday.
Second-year linebacker B.J. Goodson, the new starting middle linebacker in the base defense, has been taking Robinson’s snaps in the sub packages.
The rest of the Giants’ inactive list includes quarterback Davis Webb, receiver Tavarres King, running back Wayne Gallman, guard D.J. Fluker and tight end Matt LaCosse.