The New York Giants will be without star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
In a stunning announcement on Saturday morning, New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday due to a bruised quadriceps.
INJURY UPDATE: @OBJ has been ruled Out for #NYGvsWAS.
Beckham appeared on the #NYGiants injury report with a bruised quadriceps and practiced on a limited basis. It was determined this morning he would not play in tomorrow’s game. pic.twitter.com/J5iAKQVwRP
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 8, 2018
OBJ didn’t even travel with the team on Saturday to Washington which leads to speculation on the severity of the injury.
Beckham’s injury was disclosed on Friday when he was limited in practice, after being a full participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Shortly after practice, head coach Pat Shurmur spoke and gave an indication that Beckham would be fine.
“He has got a bruised quad, so we just gave him a little time. He’s going to be fine.”
Later Shurmur was asked when the injury initially occurred and if he would play on Sunday.
“He’s playing. He’s got a quad bruise. It’s been lingering. Remember the last play of the game against Philly, where he got leg-whipped?”
This is a tough blow for the Giants who are seeking their first division win of the season.
Beckham leads the Giants in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,052), and receiving touchdowns (six). Last week, when he threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard in the Giants, 30-27 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears, he became the first receiving in NFL history to have over 1,000 receiving yards and throw two touchdown passes in a season.
The Giants will proceed with caution in regards to Beckham’s injury, especially after they gave him a five-year $95 million contract extension ($65 million guaranteed) before the start of the regular season.
Beckham was set to possibly reach an NFL milestone on Sunday. If he caught 10 passes, that would have given him 400 career receptions making him the fastest player in NFL to reach 400 receptions (60 games).
While Eli Manning will be without his favorite target on Sunday, he’ll have one of his other dangerous targets back as Evan Engram will play after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
Expect Corey Coleman, Russell Shepard, and Bennie Fowler to share an increase in playing with the absence of Beckham. Also look for Saquon Barkley to be more involved in the Giants passing game on Sunday.