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Giants WR Beckham Might Miss Season Opener VS Cowboys

As you've likely heard already, Giants' star receiver suffered an ankle in their second game on Monday night. His recovery timetable has put playing in the season-opener between New York and the in question.

The Giants will be coming to Dallas for on September 10th, which is just two-and-a-half weeks from now. Beckham's injury, which has been called a sprain, could take 2-3 weeks to heal.

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While we never root for for our opponents, Beckham missing the opener would at least help even the playing field for the Cowboys. They are already facing a long list of Week One absences with to and several defensive players. Elliott's availability is still under appeal.

That said, OBJ's career numbers against the Cowboys are nothing spectacular. In six games he has 31 catches for 426 yards and five touchdowns. He's only scored one touchdown against Dallas in the last two years and hasn't had a 100-yard game since 2014. The games have been split 3-3 between the two franchises, with New York winning the last three.

Beckham's ankle isn't the only concern for the Giants' receiving corps. , acquired last Spring in , hurt his shoulder on Monday night but is expected to be fine for Week One. In early August, Sterling Shepard had to be carted off the field for an ankle injury during practice but appears to have recovered quickly.

It will be interesting to see how the Giants manage Beckham's injury. If the Cowboys are missing several players, New York may give OBJ the extra rest and try to win without him. Beckham's contract situation is another factor; he may not be willing to risk further damage while still waiting to get a long-term deal.

Cowboys-Giants games don't need help with intrigue, but this new development with one of the game's elite receivers certainly adds some. We're still less than 72 hours from the initial injury, so more information and clarity is sure to come.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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The Giants turned Beckham into a Jerry Rice-type workhorse last year, running short & inside routes that are likely to bring contact, and targeting him seemingly every play.

The ankle is from this PS, but point being that’s how they were rolling last year. I expect he will play in the opener but be at about 70% – so you’re not strapping the offense to him this time. They have to run more, and last year that was a problem.

If I’m trading a diminished Beckham for McFadden being my workhorse and not Elliott, I’ll do that trade. McF looks good and this opener will be his biggest stage in years. He’ll be fine.


Off the thread but wondering if anyone found this hilarious as I did. Noah Brown lighting up the Colts punter. Not to root for an injury or a cheap shot – but Noah is trying to make the team and he decides this would be a good idea… ;^)

Btw, Brown had a nice adjustment to catch that TD, and has looked good except for that hit on the punter and a bonehead fumble. I think he’s made the team.

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