Odell Beckham is the player not named Eli Manning that the Giants can least afford to lose.
That's why, right now, the Giants and their fans are holding their breath after Giants' superstar receiver took an ugly -- and apparently dirty -- shot just below his knees early in the second quarter of the Giants' preseason game in Cleveland on Monday night. He suffered only an ankle sprain, according to the team. He was also evaluated for a concussion, and cleared.
The hit, from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, came after Beckham made a catch and landed on his left leg. The low hit bent Beckham's lower leg very awkwardly. Beckham did manage to get off the field under his own power. However that led to a really strange scene caught by the Monday Night Football cameras -- Beckham alone in the tunnel outside the locker room, on his knees with his head on the ground, for several moments before a Giants employee came to see what was wrong.
There was no immediate update on the severity of Beckham's ankle sprain. He will surely be sent for medical tests in the coming days. The Giants' regular-season opener at Dallas is less than three weeks away.
Unfortunately for the Giants, Beckham's ankle injury wasn't the end of their pain. It was a particularly brutal night for their receiving corps. Here's an update on the rest of their injuries from Monday night:
- WR Brandon Marshall suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter. He took a big hit after pulling up on a pass with Brown's rookie S Jabril Peppers bearing down on him. He could be seen on the bench trying to stretch out his neck. The Giants sent him to the locker room for X-Rays, but did not immediately report the results.
- WR Tavarres King limped off the field in the fourth quarter with what the Giants said was a sprained ankle. King had already missed time in camp after injuring his ankle earlier in August.
- CB Michael Hunter, who was having a terrific summer and was the odds-on favorite to make the team as the fourth corner, suffered a concussion.