WR Odell Beckham Jr. left Monday's game with an ankle injury:
The Giants suffered their second preseason defeat in as many weeks Monday night, but apparently avoided what would have been a far more significant loss.
Odell Beckham, Jr. left the game in the second quarter of the Cleveland Browns' 10-6 victory in FirstEnergy Stadium with an injury that for a few moments appeared to be serious. Even Beckham said after the game that it was "pretty scary."
But the Giants soon announced that their splendid, record-setting wide receiver had a sprained ankle. And while he will undergo additional tests, most likely including an MRI, Beckham walked without a limp after the game.
Asked if he'll be ready for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener in Dallas, Beckham said, "I don't know, man. I am pretty concerned, but I think I will be alright.
"(It) feels like a sprained ankle. I don't know. Rolled ankle. Have you ever hurt your ankle? That is kind of what it feels like. I will be alright." How does he know that? "It's what I know," he said – twice.
Coach Ben McAdoo didn't rule out playing Beckham on Saturday night, when the Giants host the Jets in the MetLife Bowl.
"If he can play, he will play," McAdoo said. "I can't answer that question (if it might be more than a sparined ankle) right now.
"We will take a look at it. We will see what the medical staff says."
Beckham was also evaluated for a concussion, but was cleared.
Beckham was one of three wide receivers injured in the game. Brandon Marshall had X-rays on his shoulder; McAdoo said after the game he did not have the results. Tavarres King hurt his ankle, the same injury that kept him out of the preseason opener vs. Pittsburgh.
Beckham was injured on the second play of the second quarter. On first down from the Browns' 42-yard line, Eli Manning threw a pass near the right sideline that Beckham caught for an 18-yard gain. But simultaneously with securing the pass, Beckham was submarined by cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who hit him on the left knee.
"It is one of those throws where it is a high sideline throw," Manning said. "You do not want to throw it too low, underneath where defenders can get it. A corner can drop back on it, so you got to put it in a spot where he can get it."
McAdoo was asked if he had a problem with the hit on Beckham.
"You can't hit a guy high, you can't hit a guy low, you try to hit him in the middle," McAdoo said. "It's one of those balls that Eli had to drive it and he left his feet. It's a tough play for a DB. "
After the play, OBJ quickly took off his helmet and flung it to the ground. "Just make sure everything is alright," he said of his first concern. "Make sure everything is all good. Then alright, shake it off. Let's play football."
Beckham walked to the sideline without help. After briefly sitting down, Beckham made his way to the locker room – again unaided.
"When I saw him walk off the field, it's a blessing," safety Landon Collins said. "Not many guys can get hit like that, straight on the knee with their foot caught in the ground, and can walk away from it. God blessed him. He's got strong bones and can continue looking after him."
Beckham returned to the sideline in the second half in shorts and a hooded top. His left ankle had a thin wrap on it, but by the end of the game it was gone – as was any evidence he'd been injured at all, judging by the way he effortlessly walked off the field.
"Once I saw him, I knew we were good," guard Justin Pugh said.
"To see a smile on his face, talk to him and know he's alright - I'm glad he can play another down and another down this season," Collins said. "It's a relief."
Beckham certainly thinks so. Asked if relieved is a good word, he ended his postgame interview by saying, "It's a great word."
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