Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended one game for a series of questionable hits on Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, the NFL announced Monday.
Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended for one game.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 21, 2015
Beckham will miss the Giants’ game against the Vikings on Sunday night.
The play that likely got Beckham suspended came in the third quarter Sunday, when the receiver launched head first into Norman’s helmet. According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL’s offices believe Beckham should have been ejected from the game following the hit.
Beckham and Norman sparred throughout Sunday’s game, with the receiver the apparent instigator more often than not.
— NFL (@NFL) December 20, 2015
Beckham: 3 unnecessary roughness penalties Sun; 3rd player called for 3 such penalties in a game in last 15 seasons https://t.co/Yoe4ykaFZG
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 21, 2015
Beckham’s suspension will hurt the 6-8 Giants, who stand tied with the Eagles, one game back of the 7-7 Redskins in the NFC East. New York finishes the season against Minnesota and Philadelphia, two fellow playoff contenders.
Beckham is third in the NFL in receiving yards (1,396) and tied for the league lead in touchdown catches (13).
According to ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi, Beckham is the first offensive player ever suspended by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.
No offensive player has ever been suspended by the NFL for a helmet to helmet hit. That could change today w Odell Beckham Jr.
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) December 21, 2015