Giants Appear To Dodge Major Bullet With Beckham Injury

Wide Receiver Suffers Ankle Sprain Following Big Hit In First Half Of 10-6 Preseason Loss To Browns

CLEVELAND (CBSNewYork/AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t point fingers or make accusations.

After possibly dodging a major injury, New York’s flashy wide receiver calmly moved on.

No theatrics were necessary.

Beckham sprained his left ankle on a questionable hit in the first half of the Giants’ 10-6 exhibition loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.

After catching an 18-yard pass from Eli Manning in the first half, Beckham was undercut by Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who drove his shoulder and helmet into the star receiver’s left leg. Beckham’s legs flipped into the air and he banged his head hard on the turf.

“I’m pretty concerned,” Beckham said. “But I’ll be all right.”

The Giants (0-2) said Beckham only suffered a sprain, but the team will have further medical tests conducted Tuesday. One of the NFL’s most electrifying playmakers, the 24-year-old Beckham caught 101 passes last season and recently said he wants to be the league’s highest-paid player.

“It feels like a sprained ankle, a rolled ankle,” Beckham said. “It feels like you know you hurt your ankle. That’s how it feels.”

Beckham’s mood had improved by the time he spoke to WFAN after the game.

Earlier, Beckham was visibly upset by what he thought was an unnecessary shot for a preseason game. He glared at Boddy-Calhoun as he limped off the field.

Beckham, who spent the second half in street clothes on the sideline and jogged to the locker room afterward, didn’t call Boddy-Calhoun’s hit dirty.

“I don’t know, it’s just football I guess, preseason,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m not really the judge. It’s just football in my opinion.”

Browns coach Hue Jackson defended Boddy-Calhoun.

“I don’t think any of our players try to do things maliciously,” Jackson said. “It’s tackle.”

The Browns (2-0) won their second straight game after going a combined 1-19 in 2016.

Beckham’s injury came shortly after more than a dozen Cleveland knelt in a circle on the sideline and prayed during the national anthem. Several players bowed their heads and clasped hands while others showed support by placing their hands on their teammates’ shoulders.

“The United States is the greatest country in the world,” tight end Seth DeValve said. “It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does. The issue is that it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee.

“We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there’s things in this country that still need to change.”

All the drama upstaged Cleveland’s quarterback competition. Brock Osweiler started his second straight game and completed 6 of 8 passes for 25 yards in two series. He was intercepted by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who snagged a tipped pass on the Browns’ opening drive.

Osweiler came in favored to win the starting job over rookie DeShone Kizer, who scored on a 1-yard sneak and finished 8 of 13 for 74 yards.

Jackson hopes to name his starting quarterback for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener by Wednesday.

Cody Kessler, who appeared to fall out of the race, completed 7 of 7 passes for 50 yards.

After sitting out the preseason opener, Manning went 10 of 14 for 80 yards.

ROOKIE WATCH

Giants: DT Dalvin Tomlinson was credited with two tackles. … RB Wayne Gallman rushed for a team-high 22 yards on five carries.

Browns: DE Myles Garrett, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, sacked Manning in the first half . … Jabrill Peppers returned a punt 31 yards, started at strong safety and had four tackles. … TE David Njoku had one catch for 1 yard in his first preseason action after missing the opener with a sore back.

SITTING OUT

Giants: WRs Darius Powe (hamstring) and Dwayne Harris (upper body) did not play. LB Keenan Robinson remains in the concussion protocol.

Browns: RB Isaiah Crowell was a surprise scratch with a groin injury. Pro Bowl LT Joe Thomas sat out as expected along with starting LG Joel Bitonio (knee) and NT Danny Shelton (knee), who both sustained injuries in practice last week. The team has been vague about any specifics about their injuries or how long they could be out.

INJURIES

Giants: WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder) underwent X-rays after exiting in the third quarter. Results were not immediately made available by the team. … CB Michael Hunter (concussion) and WR Tavarres King (ankle) were also injured.

Browns: LB Tank Carder sustained a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. … DB Justin Currie was helped off the field with an apparent left ankle injury in the fourth quarter. … T Matt McCants (right leg) and rookie DL Larry Ogunjobi were helped off the field in the fourth.

UP NEXT

Giants: Host the New York Jets on Saturday.

Browns: Play at Tampa Bay on Saturday.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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