After his controversial hit on New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.in the first quarter of the Browns' 10-6 win, Boddy-Calhoun is suddenly the talk of the town. Beckham walked off the field and down the tunnel towards the locker room before going down to his knees in obvious pain.
Robinson writes that a source close to Beckham indicated that a new contract would still be preferable to an expensive insurance policy, but that the superstar receiver will do whatever he can to protect his future interests.
The play came early in the second period on a deep out-route. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert explains, Beckham was considered a defenseless player because he hadn't had the chance to become a runner, but so long as Boddy-Calhoun didn't aim for his head, he was in the clear.
Giants co-owner John Mara said in July the team wants to re-sign Beckham but didn't give any hint as to when the sides could complete an agreement. But simultaneously with securing the pass, Beckham was submarined by cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who hit him on the left knee.
Giants fans surely hope the injury is not as serious as it initially appeared.
The Giants said he would not return to the preseason game but would undergo X-rays.
"I don't know. I'm pretty concerned", Beckham said with a smile, "but I think I'll be all right". All-Pro safety Landon Collins could be seen approaching Boddy-Calhoun and exchanging words with him following a punt.
"You can't hit a guy high, you can't hit a guy low, you can't hit him in the middle", McAdoo said. After a lengthy medical examination following the hit, Beckham returned to the sidelines in street clothes with no obvious limp, suggesting that there was no long-term damage. "Shake it off, go play football".
"It's not a penalty, but everybody knows, that's something you don't do".