One of the Giants' two biggest nightmares occurred on Monday night when Odell Beckham, Jr. got hurt in a meaningless preseason game.
But it looks like they can breathe easy … at least for the moment.
The Giants' superstar receiver suffered what is believed to be only a sprained ankle as the result of an ugly - and possibly dirty - hit he took just below his knees in the second quarter of the Giants' 10-6 loss in Cleveland. The hit came from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun as Beckham planted his left leg after attempting a catch. Beckham's leg bent awkwardly and his ankle seemed to turn at a bad angle.
X-Rays on the ankle were negative, though, according to the Giants. Beckham was also cleared after being evaluated for a concussion when his head hit the turf. He was sent for further testing -- including an MRI on Tuesday afternoon.
Head coach Ben McAdoo wouldn't reveal whether Beckham's injury was a high-ankle or low-ankle sprain, saying only that the team will see how he responds to treatment.
Beckham said after the game that "it feels like a rolled ankle." He also added that he was "relieved" and that "it'll be all right."
It sure didn't look that way at the time, though. Beckham did manage to get off the field under his own power and even walked to the locker room (albeit with a towel over his head). But then a bizarre scene unfolded, as caught by ESPN's Monday Night Football cameras: Beckham was 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, though he did appear OK as he jogged to the locker room after the game. McAdoo would not rule out the possibility of Beckham playing again in the preseason if he's medically cleared, though that seems unlikely given that their next game is in less than five days (Saturday against the Jets) and Beckham likely wasn't going to play in the finale on Aug. 31 in New England anyway.
The Giants' goal now will be to make sure he's available for the regular-season opener at Dallas, which 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, which came back negative, Ben McAdoo said on Tuesday. Marshall told reporters his shoulder was "sore" as he left the locker room.
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.