East Rutherford, NJ–As the New York Giants continue their seemingly vain search for a win, it appears they’ll have to do so without their superstar wide receiver.
Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a painful ankle injury in the late stages of the Giants’ latest defeat, a 27-22 decision at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers. Going up for an Eli Manning pass,
Beckham was subsequently hit by Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward, bending his ankle in an extremely uncomfortable position. Hayward and several other Charger defenders immediately called for assistance from the sideline, and Beckham was subsequently escorted off the field on the medical cart.
Beckham, who had 97 receiving yards and a touchdown before his forced departure, was visibly in tears as he left the field to cheers from the MetLife Stadium crowd.
Initial rumors that Beckham was rushed to a local hospital for surgery were debunked, but the Giants later confirmed that Beckham suffered a fractured ankle. Beckham previously suffered an ankle injury in an August preseason game against Cleveland, an injury that he described as a “six-to-eight week” recovery.
He would miss the Giants’ opening night loss in Dallas, but returned in Week 2 against Detroit, four weeks after suffering the injury. Beckham appeared to re-aggravate the injury last week in Tampa Bay, where he also suffered a dislocated finger.
Head coach Ben McAdoo was unable to provide an immediate update during his postgame press conference. “I’ll have to go take a look and we’ll have to take a look in the morning probably,” McAdoo said. “I don’t have an answer to that yet.”
The Beckham injury seem to deflate the Giants as a team. On the very next play, Eli Manning was sacked by Melvin Ingram, who also forced a fumble that was recovered at the Chargers 11-yard line. Three plays later, Phillip Rivers found Melvin Gordon for what became the winning score.
“Obviously, you never want to see any receiver go down, and it looked like he was in some pain,” Manning said. “I just told him I’d be thinking about him and obviously we don’t know the severity of it, but hopefully he’ll be okay.”
Beckham has another eventful afternoon on Sunday, once again, however, not for all the right reasons. His 48-yard touchdown briefly gave the Giants the lead, but he got into trouble once more with an over-the-top celebration.
While it was nothing compared to his canine impression in Philadelphia, the receiver’s new impression of a doctor, in which he pretended to resuscitate the football, took up a good amount of time off the play clock, forcing the Giants to take a five-yard delay of game penalty. Forced to make a two-point attempt from the seven-yard line as opposed to the two, the Giants failed to convert, keeping the score at 22-17. Los Angeles added 10 more points to create the final margin.
In addition, earlier in the game, after the Giants opened the second half with a three-and-out, Beckham appeared to be crying on the sidelines, his face buried in a towel while being consoled by teammate and fellow LSU alum Brad Wing.
Beckham’s injury was part of a brutal day for Giants receivers. On the same second quarter drive, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall each left the game with ankle injuries, Marshall likewise being escorted out via the cart. Dwayne Harris, who had 124 return yards and downed two Wing punts deep in Los Angeles territory, also left the game with a brutal injury, announced to have suffered a fractured foot.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490