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Giants’ Odell Beckham ‘Pretty Concerned’ About Playing Week 1

What the Giants are saying about Odell Beckham Jr’s scary hit.

NFL: New York Giants at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants offense had a rough night against the Cleveland Browns. There is plenty to parse and sort through when it comes to the offense’s performance, but the story of the game was the hit on Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham’s injury is currently being called a “slight ankle sprain”, but it was very nearly worse. Browns’ safety Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit Beckham on the side of his leg as he was coming down with the ball. A fraction of a second either later (and that much more weight on that leg) could have spelled a season-ending injury.

As it was it was a scary situation, and when asked after the game Beckham said that he has concern about playing against the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener.

“I don’t know, man,” he said. “I am pretty concerned, but I think I will be alright. (It) feels like a sprained ankle. I don’t know. Rolled ankle. Have you ever hurt your ankle? That is kind of what it feels like. I will be alright.”

But that being said head coach Ben McAdoo, wouldn’t classify it as a “dirty hit”. He said, “You can’t hit a guy high, you can’t hit a guy low, you can’t hit him in the middle. It’s one of those balls that Eli had to drive it and he left his feet. That is a tough play for a DB.”

Not every Giant took the play in stride though. All-Pro safety Landon Collins took exception to the hit and let Boddy-Calhoun know it.

When the Giants kicked-off, following the field goal that capped the fateful drive, Collins gave the Browns’ safety an earful.

"I said he was wrong for what he did," Collins said. "That was about it."

"It's not a penalty, but everybody out here should know that's something that you don't do. If you play safety, you hit properly," Collins said. "That's the last option if you can't make a play on the ball. That's not how you do it. But if you want to get your name known that way, that's how you do it."

After the game, Collins said that he couldn’t play with Boddy-Calhoun after the hit.

"I couldn't have a teammate next to me playing that way," Collins said. "I couldn't condone it. He had all the opportunity in the world to make a different play. He went a different route and I don't condone it."

Likewise, Damon Harrison let the Browns’ fans know what he thought of their reaction to the hit.

Collins is at least happy that his teammate avoided a catastrophic injury.

“To see a smile on his face, talk to him and know he’s alright - I’m glad he can play another down and another down this season,” Collins said. “It’s a relief.”

Will he play this Saturday in the “Snoopy Bowl” against the New York Jets?

“If he can play, he will play,” McAdoo said. “I can’t answer that question (if it might be more than a sprained ankle) right now. We will take a look at it. We will see what the medical staff says.”