EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. has a fracture in his left ankle and may need surgery, according to the official report from the New York Giants following Sunday’s 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Previous reports that surgery was already set and that Beckham had a fractured fibula are inaccurate.
Here's the Odell Beckham Jr. injury. It's bad. Really bad. pic.twitter.com/TLChjKpFOG— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 8, 2017
Beckham was injured with 4:00 left in the game when he was unable to catch a quick slant on a throw from Eli Manning. Charger defenders were calling for help as soon as the play ended. Beckham was reportedly crying on the field, and had his head in his hands when he was carted off.
Players React To Beckham Injury
Beckham’s best friend on the Giants is punter Brad Wing, a former teammate at LSU. A somber Wing spoke to reporters after the game.
“It’s a tough feeling. We’re obviously as professionals trained to kind of take whatever’s throw at you. I think we do a good job of that at time,” Wing said of watching Beckham leave the field the way he did. “But having 13 being the player he is and with kind of how these last few weeks have been battling little injuries here and there and then to see him leave the game like that I wouldn’t say it takes the life out of us, but it’s something that everybody on the sideline was aware of, I can promise you that.”
Tight end Rhett Ellison wound up playing wide receiver at the end of the game due to the Giants’ rash of wide receiver injuries.
“Any time you see someone in pain like that it hurts,” Ellison said of the Beckham injury. “I don’t care if you’re on the Chargers or the Giants you don’t ever want to see one of your fellow teammates of football players go down like that.”
“It’s tough to see any guy leave the game, any of my teammates that get injured, any of my brothers that get hurt it’s hard to see,” offensive lineman Justin Pugh said. “He looked like he was in some pain, so I’m just praying that he’s alright.”
Roger Lewis was the only Giants’ wide receiver left at the end of the game.
“It didn’t go through my mind. When I saw ‘O’ [Odell Beckham Jr.] go down, I just was like, ‘Alright, I want to be able to close the game,’ but things didn’t work out well. So, that’s about it,” Lewis said. “With ‘O’ going down, it hurt me. ‘O’ is like a big brother to me and with ‘B’ [Brandon Marshall] going down, that’s like a big brother to me. So, I just wanted to be able to make a play to change the game, and we fell short.”
Rookie tight end Evan Engram didn’t see what happened. That, though, doesn’t mean he didn’t know it wasn’t good news.
“I was on the other side [of the field]. He went down and I knew it wasn’t good,” Engram said. “Just the other team waving for help. I was on the other side, so I just dropped and prayed for him.”
Other Receiver Injuries
The Giants’ receivers had a brutal day. In addition to Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard both suffered ankle injuries in the first half, and punt returner/wide receiver Dwayne Harris suffered a fractured foot in the third quarter.
Shepard hobbled off favoring his left ankle after an incomplete pass. Marshall appeared to also hurt his left leg trying to haul in a pass along the sideline. He was carted off. Harris was having a nice game, averaging 12.7 yards on punt returns and 21.0 yards with a long of 30 yards on kickoff returns. He was also filling in as the third wide receiver.
At the end of the game, tight ends Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison were both lining up at wide receiver.
Even Eli Feels The Pain
Even indestructible Eli Manning ended Sunday’s game banged up.