New York Giants' wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will have his appeal of a one-game suspension for "multiple violations of safety-related playing rules" heard on Wednesday at noon.
Let's break down what we know about the appeal.
Who will hear it?
James Thrash, a former wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins will decide whether or not to uphold the suspension. Thrash is one of the league's two appeals officers, with Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks being the other.
What's at stake?
Well, that would be whether or not Beckham is allowed to play Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings. It's a game that could have playoff implications for the Giants if the Washington Redskins lose to the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. Financially, Beckham stands to forfeit one game check. One-seventeenth of his $839,009 base salary is $52,529.94.
Why was Beckham suspended?
The league's rules using a helmet as a weapon are clear. The league ruled that "Beckham's actions placed his opponents at unnecessary risk of injury." Here is more from the league's statement detailing the suspension:
Beckham was penalized three times for unnecessary roughness, including a late helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless player in which Beckham left his feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent, lowered his helmet and initiated forcible contact with his helmet, and forcibly struck the defenseless player's head. This "blindside block" was particularly flagrant because Beckham, with a 10-yard running start, had an unobstructed path to his opponent, the position of the opponent was not impacted by any other player, and the contact with the head/neck was avoidable.
What arguments can Beckham make?
Mostly, Beckham is likely to try to plead the case that he was provoked. He may also try to argue that the handling of events -- or lack thereof -- by game officials allowed things to escalate. We have been over the pre-game harassment from the Panthers. Will it matter? Beckham needed to handle the situation better, that much is certain. How much, if any, leniency Thrash will have is debatable.
SI.com listed six arguments Beckham could make.
Newsday also discussed potential Beckham defenses.
Does Beckham have a chance?
"Does he have a case?’’ asked an NFL source contacted by The [NY] Post. "No, not in this world, with videos and the most-watched Giants game and everybody’s talking about it? You get tried in the court of public opinion.’’
Alex posted a chart earlier Wednesday showing the recent history of suspensions for on-field incidents and what happened upon appeal. Not counting the Bounty scheme suspensions/appeals, the chart clearly shows that suspensions for on-field rules violations are rarely reduced or overturned. In 2013, three suspensions for "repeated violations of safety rules" were given. The only one that was altered upon appeals was a two-game suspension to Brandon Meriweather, which was reduced to one game. Single-game suspensions to Dashon Goldson and Michael Griffin were upheld.