Beckham leaves Giants practice after on-field collision
EAST RUTHERFORD — The collective gasp from those in attendance was reverberating in the silence that enveloped the Giants’ field house after Odell Beckham Jr. went crashing to the turf and stayed there late in practice Sunday afternoon.
The franchise’s most dynamic player since Lawrence Taylor and the most important piece to the offense not counting the two-time Super Bowl MVP at quarterback was on the ground and the training staff en masse was quickly rushing to his aid.
All that optimism since Ben McAdoo’s first training camp as head coach opened three days earlier in these parts suddenly hung in the balance.
“When something happens to any of your players, your heart’s in your throat,” McAdoo said. “But we were fortunate there.”
Beckham suffered superficial lacerations on his lower left leg when he and cornerback Janoris Jenkins collided while battling for a deep pass from Eli Manning. They were tangled and it appeared Jenkins’ leg came down on the back of Beckham’s, seemingly twisting his left ankle in the process.
Beckham did not return to practice, but did not rule out being back on the field later this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. The Giants’ players have off Monday.
“After I went down it was kind of, ‘You’re done for the day,’” said Beckham, whose ankle was heavily taped. The Giants determined that Beckham did not require any further evaluation or testing for the injury, a source told The Record. “There are plenty of more days for camp. It will be all right.”
Beckham led the Giants last season in catches (96), receiving yards (1,450) and touchdowns (13). No receiver in NFL history has been more productive over the course of his first two seasons.
“It’s more, you’re checking internally like, ‘Am I OK? OK, what is it that I hurt,’ making sure everything’s good,” Beckham said. “It’s not so much that I can hear or feel the silence, but I know, I would never want to worry my teammates if I don’t have to.
“So I’m gonna try to get up, try to get out of the way.”