New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been determined to go out and play hard each week in hopes of finishing the season at .500, but he won’t have the opportunity to do that in Week 14.
The Giants announced on Saturday that Beckham had been downgraded to out against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and won’t even travel with the team.
Beckham missed practice on Friday with what head coach Pat Shurmur called a bruised quad, but expectations were that he’d be able to play.
“Odell has a bruised quad. He’s fine,” Shurmur told reporters.
Beckham originally suffered the injury on the final play of a Week 13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles when a defender illegally leg-whipped Beckham, but got away with the blatant and obvious foul.
Not only was Beckham injured by the dirty play, but the referees should have thrown a flag, assessed a 15-yard penalty and given the Giants one final untimed down. That could have yielded a hail mary fort a chance to win or a 60-plus-yard field goal courtesy of Aldrick Rosas for the tie.
With Beckham now out and Cody Latimer still on injured reserve (IR), the Giants must turn to Sterling Shepard, who is also a little banged up, Russell Shepard, Corey Coleman, Bennie Fowler and returning tight end Evan Engram.