Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury might be a little more serious than originally believed. The injured New York Giants wide receiver spoke after practice (in which he was a limited participant) on Thursday and revealed some new information.
Odell Beckham just said he was told he'd need 6-8 weeks to recover from his sprained ankle.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 14, 2017
Whoa. It was originally reported that Beckham, who suffered a sprained ankle in a preseason game on August 21, would only miss a game or two. Now Beckham is saying the recovery time is six-to-eight weeks. Keep in mind it’s only been 3.5 weeks since the injury occurred.
This news is relevant to the Eagles because Philadelphia is set to host the Giants in Week 3 at Lincoln Financial Field. That September 24 game will be one day shy of five weeks since OBJ’s injury. Even if Beckham does suit up, he might not be 100% effective.
Beckham is clearly the G-Men’s best player — it’s not even close. We all saw how pitiful New York’s offense looked against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football during his absence. The Giants only managed three points and 4.4 yards per play against Dallas. That’s bad!
The Giants’ struggles will likely continue if OBJ continues to miss time. His injury situation only lends more credence to the idea that the NFC East could be a two-team race between the Eagles and Cowboys.
New York plays the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football this week. Beckham’s game status could tell us more about his potential availability in the Week 3 Eagles-Giants matchup.