CLEVELAND (AP) – New York wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a lower leg injury – on a questionable hit for an exhibition – that the Giants are hoping isn’t serious during their 10-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.
Beckham caught an 18-yard pass from Eli Manning and was undercut by cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who drove his shoulder and helmet into the receiver’s left leg. Beckham was flipped over and his head bounced off the turf.
Beckham was upset by what he thought was an unnecessary shot for a preseason game and glared at Boddy-Calhoun as he limped off the field.
The Giants (0-2) said Beckham only suffered a sprain, but the team will have further medical tests conducted Monday. One of the NFL’s most electrifying playmakers, the 24-year-old Beckham caught 101 passes last season and recently said he wants to be the league’s highest-paid player.
When the game ended, Beckham, who spent the second half on the sideline in street clothes, jogged to the locker room.
The Browns (2-0) won their second straight game after going a combined 1-19 in 2016.
Beckham’s injury came shortly after more than a dozen Cleveland knelt in a circle on the sideline in silent protest during the national anthem. Several of the players bowed their heads and clasped hands while others showed support by placing their hands on their teammates’ shoulders.
All the drama upstaged Cleveland’s quarterback competition. Brock Osweiler started his second straight game and completed 6 of 8 passes for 25 yards in two series. He was intercepted by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who snagged a tipped pass on the Browns’ opening drive.
Osweiler came in favored to win the starting job over rookie DeShone Kizer, who scored on a 1-yard sneak and finished 8 of 13 for 74 yards.
Browns coach Hue Jackson hopes to name his starting quarterback for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener by Saturday, when Cleveland visits Tampa Bay.
Cody Kessler, who appeared to fall out of the race, completed 7 of 7 passes for 50 yards.
After sitting out the preseason opener, Manning went 10 of 14 for 80 yards.
Giants: DT Dalvin Tomlinson was credited with two tackles. … RB Wayne Gallman rushed for a team-high 22 yards on five carries.
Browns: DE Myles Garrett, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, sacked Manning in the first half . … Jabrill Peppers returned a punt 31 yards, started at strong safety and had four tackles. … TE David Njoku had one catch for 1 yard in his first preseason action after missing the opener with a sore back.
Giants: WRs Darius Powe (hamstring) and Dwayne Harris (upper body) did not play. LB Keenan Robinson remains in the concussion protocol.
Browns: RB Isaiah Crowell was a surprise scratch with a groin injury. Pro Bowl LT Joe Thomas sat out as expected along with starting LG Joel Bitonio (knee) and NT Danny Shelton (knee), who both sustained injuries in practice last week. The team has been vague about any specifics about their injuries or how long they could be out.
Giants: WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder) underwent X-rays after exiting in the third quarter. Results were not immediately made available by the team. … CB Michael Hunter (concussion) and WR Tavarres King (ankle) were also injured.
Browns: LB Tank Carder sustained a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. … DB Justin Currie was helped off the field with an apparent left ankle injury in the fourth quarter. … T Matt McCants (right leg) and rookie DL Larry Ogunjobi were helped off the field in the fourth.
Giants: Host the New York Jets on Saturday.
Browns: Play at Tampa Bay on Saturday.
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