The worst loss for the New York Giants in Week 5 wasn’t the 27-22 final score against the Los Angeles Chargers that dropped them to 0-5. It was the loss of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr….and virtually their entire receiving corps.
Beckham went up for a pass early in the fourth quarter, was hit by a Chargers defender and came down awkwardly on the same ankle he injured in a preseason game nearly two months ago. Chargers players called for assistance while Beckham was on the ground in obvious pain. Players from both teams got down on one knee as Beckham was carted off the field.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan, Beckham suffered a fractured fibula. He will seek a second opinion before deciding whether or not to have surgery. Either way, Beckham’s season is in serious jeopardy…if not over completely.
Dwayne Harris suffered a fractured foot early in the third quarter. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Harris will miss the remainder of the season. Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard both left the game with ankle injuries. Their ailments are not as serious as Beckham’s or Harris’ but there is the possibility that neither will be available for Sunday night’s game at the Denver Broncos.
On the Giants’ final offensive drive, the only healthy receiver on the field was Roger Lewis.
The sudden injury bug that has befallen the Giants brought out two former NFL receivers offering their services: Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens.
Both players took to Twitter in an attempt to get a job. This is nothing new as both receivers have used social media to try to get back into the NFL. Owens is second all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and third in receiving touchdowns (153) while Johnson is 34th all-time in yards (11,059) and in a three-way tie for 48th in touchdowns (67).
Of course, as desperate as the Giants may be, there is no way in h-e-double hockey sticks Owens or Johnson would even get a tryout. Johnson is 39 and last played in the NFL in 2011. Owens is 43 and hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010. Still, you can’t blame them for trying.