EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. and the Giants clearly avoided a disaster on Monday night in Cleveland, but that doesn't mean the news was all good.
Even though it doesn't appear that Beckham's sprained ankle is serious, there is some concern that he won't be available for Opening Day in Dallas, a source familiar with his injury confirmed. It's "too early to tell" for sure, the source said, but generally the recovery time for a sprained ankle is 1-3 weeks depending on the severity.
The Giants' opener is now only 18 days away.
Late Tuesday night, ESPN reported that it's "not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season." After the Giants' loss to the Browns on Monday night, Beckham reportedly laughed at a question about whether he'd be available for the Cowboys game on Sept. 10. And officially, Ben McAdoo wouldn't even rule Beckham out of preseason action during his uninformative conference call with the media on Tuesday afternoon.
McAdoo actually said little more about the injury than confirming that his star receiver "has an ankle". He declined to say whether it was a high or low ankle sprain (the recovery for a high ankle sprain would be more like 4-6 weeks) or to give a timetable on how long Beckham would be out.
Speaking about both Beckham and receiver Brandon Marshall, who has a shoulder injury, McAdoo said "We'll take it day by day and see how they respond to treatment."
Since the Giants next play Saturday night against the Jets and then again five days later in New England, it seems highly unlikely Beckham will play again in the exhibition games.
"I know what Odell brings to the table," McAdoo said. "He's a tremendous player, one of the best in the league. Tremendous competitor. But if you have a chance to get everyone out there playing together, playing with each other, you do it. If you don't, you don't. That's a medical decision."
Beckham, of course, was hurt in the second quarter of the Giants' 10-6 loss to the Browns when he took a low hit from Cleveland cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. As Beckham planted his left leg after attempting a catch, Boddy-Calhoun hit him with his shoulder near the knees and Beckham's leg bent awkwardly and his ankle seemed to turn at a bad angle.
Though he was able to leave the field and head to the locker room under his own power, ESPN cameras later caught him on his knees outside the locker room with his head on the ground in obvious pain. Beckham returned to the Giants sidelines in street clothes for the second half.
After the game, Beckham told reporters he'd "be all right" and that he was relieved it wasn't worse.