Giants Shut Down Odell Beckham Jr.

There was hope that Odell Beckham Jr. would be able to return for the Giants’ final game of the season, but the team is opting to shut him down instead, a source told Jordan Raanan of ESPN (Twitter link).

While the Giants don’t have anything to play for in terms of playoff contention, they’ve been playing with a lot of pride recently and have put forth some great efforts, so it’s not surprising that they were holding out hope Beckham would be able to play. It’ll be the fourth straight missed game for Beckham to end the season, with his last appearance coming in the team’s overtime win against the Bears.

After starting the year 1-7, the Giants have gone 4-3 over their last ten games, and very nearly shocked the Colts as massive underdogs last week. Beckham was active for three of the four wins, but surprisingly didn’t have his best games during that stretch. He averaged only 61 yards in the three recent wins, but did catch four touchdowns.

Beckham suffered a quad injury last month, but was initially able to play through it. One day he suddenly popped back up on the injury report, and was suddenly ruled out for that weekend’s game. His injury was clouded in secrecy and the team wouldn’t elaborate on what happened, until Beckham himself finally cleared the air and revealed he had re-aggravated the injury in practice on his docuseries.

He said it was a quad hematoma, which is a a collection of blood outside a blood vessel. When he talked about the injury, he seemed to hint that the coaching staff was pushing him a little too hard, but nothing ever came of those comments. He’ll finish the year with 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. Having just signed a megadeal with the team after trade rumors swirled around him this offseason, Beckham will be back in New York in 2019, but it remains to be seen who will be throwing passes to him.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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23 comments on “Giants Shut Down Odell Beckham Jr.

    • yoyo137

      He’s played 10 or more games in 4 of 5 years in the league and went over 1000 yards receiving in each of those years. Do some research before you come on here making yourself look stupid.

  1. gmetwagner

    They should have traded him. Now they have a contract nobody in the league would be willing to take given his durability and his locker room antics.

    • yoyo137

      “Locker room antics” = calling out your team to perform on the same level as you every week and urge the coaching staff to play for their strengths. Cause apparently when you play the Eagles who are playing their third string secondary, you aren’t supposed to throw the ball to OBJ. I agree that the contract is now untradeable, but Odell Beckham is not a locker room distraction. The New York media is. He needs to go to a team that isn’t a flaming bag of dog poop and get out of the toxic NY sports world where the only guy trying gets the blame for a dysfunctional organization.

  2. gmetwagner

    The GIANTS should have traded him when they had the chance. At the time they could have received a 1st round pick. Now they have a dead contract nobody in the league would be stupid enough to eat given his locker room antics and durability issues.

    • goldenmisfit

      You don’t see what they did? Minor injury could have played if these games meant anything but being they don’t they shut him down. They could have still traded him if they wanted after the contract was signed because they were offered multiple first round picks but they still did not want to deal him. Had over 1100 receiving yards in 12 games why would you want to trade away that.

  3. yoyo137

    Trade Eli, fire the entire coaching staff and front office, then give the ball to Saquon and Odell every time, and this team will be fine.

    • I don’t see any team wanting to trade for Eli. At this point it’s either retirement, a last season with the Giants, or get benched.

  4. slpdajab55

    He’s will not hold up long term. He will be out of the league in 2 or 3 years

  5. madmanTX

    Laughing at those Giant fans who kept telling me before the season that he was better than Antonio Brown.

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