Beck­ham ‘a sad sit­u­a­tion’

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - SPORTS -

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The win­less New York Giants are go­ing to be with­out of­fen­sive cat­a­lyst Odell Beck­ham Jr. for the rest of the sea­son.

The Giants an­nounced Mon­day that Beck­ham will have surgery for his bro­ken left an­kle later this week, and his sea­son of­fi­cially ended when he was put on in­jured re­serve later in the day along with fel­low re­ceiver Dwayne Har­ris.

“It’s a sad sit­u­a­tion,” coach Ben McA­doo said

The 24-year-old Beck­ham was hurt late in the fourth quar­ter of Sun­day’s 27-22 loss to Los An­ge­les when Charg­ers cor­ner­back Casey Hay­ward fell on his an­kle and pinned it to the turf.

McA­doo spoke to Beck­ham af­ter the game. He did not say if the surgery could cause any longterm prob­lems for the three-time Pro Bowler, who has led the Giants in re­ceiv­ing in each of his first three sea­sons.

Beck­ham was the last of four Giants’ re­ceivers knocked out of the game.

Har­ris, who also re­turns punts and kick­offs, will have surgery Tues­day for a bro­ken foot. He was hurt in the third quar­ter.

Bran­don Mar­shall and Ster­ling Shep­ard were hurt on the same se­ries in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter falls try­ing to catch passes. Mar­shall was un­der­go­ing fur­ther test­ing and ex­am­i­na­tion Mon­day. Shep­ard is listed as day to day. The Giants re-signed Tavar­res King and signed Travis Ru­dolph off their prac­tice squad to help wide re­ceiver Roger Lewis Jr. for Sun­day’s game in Den­ver.

The Giants also signed wide re­ceiver Dar­ius Powe to re­place Ru­dolph on the prac­tice squad.

McA­doo added there are no

plans at this point to re­sign fan fa­vorite Vic­tor Cruz, who was re­leased af­ter last sea­son.

Beck­ham had 25 catches for 302 yards and three touch­downs this year, in­clud­ing a 48-yarder in the fourth quar­ter Sun­day. He also had two 15-yard catches that set up Eli Man­ning’s 29-yard touch­down toss to Lewis in the third quar­ter.

It has been a frus­trat­ing sea­son for Beck­ham. He sprained his left an­kle in a pre­sea­son game on Aug. 21, missed the sea­son opener at Dal­las and was lim­ited against Detroit. He also was fined for pre­tend­ing to uri­nate like a dog af­ter a TD catch in Philadel­phia on Sept. 24.

McA­doo knows the Giants (0-5) have ba­si­cally no chance of mak­ing the play­offs for a sec­ond straight year.

“Ev­ery­one is dis­ap­pointed, I am aware of it,” he said. “Ev­ery­one is ir­ri­tated, I am aware of it. But my fo­cus right now is try­ing to help with the per­son­nel de­part­ment to field a foot­ball team this week to give us a chance to pre­pare and win.”

McA­doo ad­mit­ted his team has slumped in the fourth quar­ter, blow­ing leads in each game.

“You got to find a way to win with each team you have, and year to year it changes, and we haven’t been able to get that done, and that’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity,” the sec­ond-year head coach said.

NOTES: McA­doo would not dis­cuss cor­ner­back Janoris Jenk­ins’ exit from the field in the clos­ing se­conds af­ter the Giants’ last drive was stopped with 40 se­conds to play.

“We’ll han­dle those is­sues in house,” he said.

Bill Kostroun / As­so­ci­ated Press

Odell Beck­ham Jr. is carted off the field dur­ing the sec­ond half of Sun­day’s game against the Charg­ers in East Rutherford, N.J.

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