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Doc Agrees With Odell Beckham’s Self-Diagnosis

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Dr. David Chao says video from practice tells us a lot

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Odell Beckham Jr. might play Monday night for the New York Giants. Then again, he might not. Either way, Beckham won’t be 100 percent. Beckham admitted as much this week.

Dr. David Chao, who was head team physician for the San Diego Chargers for 17 years and can be found on Twitter @ProFootballDoc, agrees with Beckham’s self-assessment. Here is part of what Chao wrote recently for The San Diego Union-Tribune:

The video shows he is now able now to launch off his injured (left) ankle. That’s improvement.

But watch how he lands. When he jumps off the right foot, he lands on both feet. When he jumps off the left foot, he lands only on the right foot.

There is more force generated on landing than takeoff.

If he can’t land on the left foot, he cannot aggressively plant and cut using that foot, which is how a receiver gets separation to be open.

That‘s what we know.

The rest is speculation.

The Giants can only hope that a limited Beckham is better for them than no Beckham at all.