The New York Giants just can’t seem to buy a break this season. Picked by some NFL analysts to contend for a Super Bowl, the Giants are yet to win a game and stand at 0-5 after a tough home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon. And it appears as though the team might be without its best player for the remainder of the season following a devastating injury that took place during the contest against the Chargers.
The Giants actually lost all four of their wide receivers throughout the course of the game on Sunday. Brandon Marshall and Sterling Sheperd were both removed from the game in the first half after sustaining ankle injuries. Then, early in the third quarter, Dwayne Harris left the game with what turned out to be a fractured foot. And with four minutes remaining in the game, Odell Beckham Jr., who led the Giants with 97 receiving yards and a touchdown on Sunday, had to be carted off the field after going down with a left leg injury of his own.
Initially, the Giants thought Beckham may have suffered a broken leg. Further testing showed that Beckham actually fractured his ankle. And while that was actually a bit of good news for the team since a broken leg almost certainly would have knocked Beckham out for the remainder of the season, there’s still a pretty good chance that Beckham could be sidelined for the rest of the year. He is expected to visit a doctor on Monday to see whether or not he will need to have surgery on his ankle to repair it. It’s the same ankle he sprained during the preseason.
Beckham was incredibly emotional after going down with his ankle injury. He put a towel over his head as he was carted off and appeared to be crying. And his teammates were every bit as upset as he was after the game. Quarterback Eli Manning talked to reporters about what he told Beckham as he was taken off the field.
“You never want to see any receiver go down like that, and it looked like he was in some pain. So I just told him I’d be thinking about him.”
Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram said that he “knew it was bad” as soon as he saw Beckham go down. And cornerback Eli Apple sounded demoralized as he talked about what Beckham’s injury will mean to the team moving forward.
“That’s rough. He’s our best player. He’s a brother to everybody and somebody we really care about. That is kind of tough.”
The Giants haven’t announced what the future will hold for Beckham just yet, but he very well could spend the rest of the season watching games from the sideline. There is also some doubt about what this could mean for Beckham’s long-term future with the Giants. He is still playing out the duration of his rookie contract and will be up for a big payday soon. But if he were to miss the remainder of this year, it could complicate things and make the Giants think twice about signing him to a huge contract.
For now, let’s hope Beckham’s injury isn’t as bad as it seemed on Sunday. He was one of the lone bright spots for the Giants this season, and without him in the lineup, the losses are likely going to continue to pile up.
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