The New York Giants announced Sunday that Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a fractured ankle in a game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The star wide receiver is set to undergo further testing before a decision is made on possible surgical procedures, but his season is likely over.
In practical terms, the same might be said of Beckham’s Giants, who fell to 0-5 after losing to previously winless Los Angeles, 27-22, at home. New York’s wide receiving corps was ravaged during the defeat, with Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard suffering their own ankle injuries, and Dwayne Harris breaking a foot.
Beckham’s injury came on a fourth-quarter play, when he leaped to catch a slant pass from quarterback Eli Manning. The three-time Pro Bowler came down awkwardly on his left ankle, then had it twisted underneath him as he was tackled by Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward in a gruesome scene shown on replay to TV viewers.
Beckham will likely be placed on injured reserve, meaning he will be out of action for at least eight weeks. Unless the Giants stage a remarkable turnaround — one that would be all the more improbable in the absence of easily their best offensive player — they may well decide there is little point in bringing the popular receiver back at all this season.
In a preseason game, Beckham suffered a sprained ankle, and he missed the Giants’ first game before being eased into action in Week 2. In both of those contests, New York’s offense looked dreadful, scoring a total of 13 points as Manning struggled.
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