The New York Giants’ season of misery just got more miserable. In Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.—the only reason to watch the miserable Giants—got tackled while going up for a catch on a slant route, and he came down on his ankle area in gruesome fashion.
Warning: You should not scroll down if you don’t want to see a limb contort in ways that limbs are not supposed to contort.
If you’re in the mood to see such a thing, prepare to grimace and/or yelp involuntarily.
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I’ll spare you the “I’m not a doctor” spiel, but it doesn’t look like Beckham can expect a quick recovery. He was carted off the field in tears and is reportedly “headed for surgery.”
This wasn’t the first time cameras caught Beckham crying on Sunday. In the third quarter, he sobbed on the sideline into a towel. It’s not exactly clear what was responsible for this outburst of emotion, but he was consoled by his former LSU teammate, punter Brad Wing.
That moment of vulnerability will likely be overshadowed by the excruciating-looking injury Beckham would suffer the very next quarter. He was the fourth Giants receiver to go down with an injury against the Chargers, as Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris were all also forced to leave the game early.
Beckham was having a decent afternoon, stats-wise, with 97 yards receiving and one touchdown before the injury. (See the photo at the top of this post for that happy moment.) After he left the field, the Chargers got the ball back on an Eli Manning fumble and went on to score a touchdown, giving them them a 27-22 lead that they would not relinquish. The Giants are now 0-5. They should probably take the rest of the year off.
Update, 5:45 p.m.: The Giants report, unsurprisingly, that Beckham has a fractured ankle.