In the lead up to the 2017 season opener, there was some belief that the New York Giants would have Odell Beckham Jr. on the field against the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, Beckham Jr. was not ruled out until just hours before kick-off, leaving plenty of optimism that the superstar wide receiver could make his season debut in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions on Monday evening.
Now, though, Beckham Jr. himself has injected some doubt and overall fear into the equation when it comes to the health of his ankle. The always entertaining pass-catcher told reporters (via 247Sports) that his ailment was actually a “6 to 8 week injury” and Beckham revealed that it was actually a high ankle sprain.
Because of the potentially impactful nature of that injury, there is now real question as to whether he will be ready to go against the Lions. Make no mistake, Beckham Jr. could play against Detroit in a nationally televised showcase game. But if the Giants look to prioritize his long-term health, there could be an impetus to keep him off the field for another week or two of healing.
The entire NFL saw just how impotent New York’s offense can be without OBJ in the lineup but, if he is less than 100 percent, the team may not have a choice.