The New York Giants came into their game against the San Francisco 49ers short-handed on defense. With Robert Ayers, Devon Kennard, -- as well as George Selvie and Jonathan Casillas -- dealing with injuries, the Giants were down two of their three best front 7 players. That number quickly rose to four with a concussion suffered by Jon Beason.
Not to be left out, some key offensive players left the field with injuries as well.
Starting left guard Justin Pugh had to leave the field with an ankle injury suffered on the 24-yard screen pass to Shane Vereen with 40 seconds left. Pugh, however, is confident that the final two plays will be the only time he misses.
Justin Pugh tweaked his left ankle on the screen play on GW drive. Pugh: "I'm playing next week. No doubt about that."
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 12, 2015
Odell Beckham made the hearts of Giants' fans everywhere stop when he was spotted working with a trainer on the side of the field after his touchdown catch and run. On that play, or perhaps just before it, Beckham "felt a little tug" on his hamstring
But Beckham felt as though he had to get back in to help his team win.
"You gotta go. There’s nothing more to it," Beckham said. "Like I said multiple times before, this is what I love, this is my passion, this is everything. There’s no way in a moment like that that you can’t step up. I felt as if I let the team down by being out for a while and you just gotta put it all together, man. God gave me the strength, it’s just truly amazing. That’s a whole other story, but really all the glory goes to Him.
Beckham ultimately made his way back on the field, despite Tom Coughlin's reluctance to put him back in.
"Sure I was [reluctant to put Beckham back in], sure I was sure I was to ," Coughlin said. You're trying to win a game and he wanted to go. The medical people said let him go, I let him go."
"We'll see what he's like tomorrow."
Beckham doesn't seem worried, however.
"You’re never happy when you do something like this, but I’m happy it is what it is. It won’t be long at all. I’ve just got to get in, do a little strengthening, rehab the next couple of days," Beckham said. "I know we have some days to relax and rehab so I’ll be on it pretty heavy starting tonight, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday leading up to next week."
While Beckham was out, he was joined shortly thereafter by Rueben Randle, who suffered his own hamstring injury. The severity of Randle's injury is not yet known, but he was quickly declared out for the remainder of the game.
Stay tuned for more news and updates as we take stock of the state of the Giants.