Preseason football is dangerous for a number of reasons. Not only does it mean nothing in terms of a teams’ regular season achievement, but it also gives starters the chance to get hurt. Such was the scenario for the New York Giants last night in their matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
Odell Beckham Jr. took a nasty-looking hit that caused the 2017-18 season to flash before the eyes of coaches and fans alike.
“The play wasn’t a penalty, but it’s something everyone knows that is something you don’t do,” said Giants’ safety Landon Collins. “He had about 30 seconds to make a play on the ball in the air. He could’ve made a play on the ball, could’ve hit him high, but he chose a different route. I can’t respect him.”
While Beckham got extremely lucky and walked away with a high ankle sprain rather than broken bones or torn ligaments, you have to wonder why such an impact player was still in the game past the first quarter at all. In fact, head coach Ben McAdoo kept all of his starters – ranging from Eli Manning to Landon Collins – active until Beckham took the cheap shot to the knees at the top of the second.
Beckham is now questionable to open against the Dallas Cowboys for week one.
Like I said before, preseason doesn’t matter. The fact that the Giants are now 0-2 doesn’t matter. Sure, it’s great to throw a W on the left, but what the Giants need is healthy starters come regular season. And they’ll definitely have a hard time of it if McAdoo doesn’t bench his guys as soon as possible.
“If he can play, he will play,” McAdoo said of Beckham. “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.”
The only silver lining in this situation is the fact that Beckham won’t play for the remainder of preseason, with the hopes he can recover by September 10th. Hopefully McAdoo uses Beckham as a wakeup call and goes easy on his use of his starters. Because no preseason game is worth the loss of impact players.