Odell Beckham Jr. will undergo what’s fair to call season-ending surgery at some point this week to repair his fractured ankle, the Giants announced Monday.
Head coach Ben McAdoo said it is safe to say his star receiver’s season is over while speaking on a conference call a day after the Giants’ 27-22 loss to the Chargers.
“I spoke to him after the game,” McAdoo said. “It’s a sad situation.”
The Giants also announced that Dwayne Harris would undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair his fractured foot. Both Harris and Beckham were placed on the injured reserve.
Brandon Marshall was also having further testing and evaluations done on his ankle while Sterling Shepard has been ruled day-to-day with a sprained ankle.
The Giants have also ruled LB Jonathan Casillas (burner) and S Landon Collins (ankle) as day-to-day.
Beckham was carted off the field Sunday after he landed and twisted his ankle underneath a hit from Chargers DB Casey Hayward with just over four minutes remaining in the game.
The Giants had the lead at the time and were trying to secure the victory, but Manning’s throw was a tad high and went through Beckham’s fingertips.
It is the same ankle Beckham injured in preseason on a similar play, which sidelined him for three weeks.
As far as any long-term effect to Beckham’s health, McAdoo said he has not gotten into any of that.
Odell Bekcham on Sunday injured the same ankle he hurt during the preseason.
The slew of injuries to the wide receiving corps has also led the Giants to re-sign Tavarres King to the active roster and promote Travis Rudolph from the practice squad.
They also signed Darius Powe, who was cut after training camp, to the practice squad.
“We have some guys on the practice squad, some guys on the roster that we bump them up and give them some opportunities,” McAdoo said. “Next man up. Hate to see it but it’s part of the game.”
McAdoo was also asked if bringing in Victor Cruz, who was cut by the Bears before the season, was an option.
“To my knowledge, he is not an option,” he said. “Never say never.”
The addition of new wide receivers and bumping guys up from the practice squad could give the Giants a sense of what other talent they may have on their hands as they try to make sense of an 0-5 season.
It is possible their top receiver in next week’s Sunday night primetime matchup against the Broncos in Denver could be Roger Lewis Jr. — a second-year player undrafted out of Bowling Green.
Seeing what guys like him and Rudolph — who showed flashes in the preseason — can do may be all the Giants have left to look forward to in what has been a disastrous season.
“At this point there are some guys who are nicked up so it’s going to create opportunities naturally for some players and younger players to play,” McAdoo said. “Sort of takes care of itself when you have guys nicked up like we do. We don’t shy away from playing young players regardless.”