The NFL announced Monday that they’ve suspended Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. for one game for his his actions during Sunday’s loss to the Panthers.
Beckham will likely appeal the ruling with an expedited decision coming in next day or so.
Here’s the league’s statement regarding the suspension:
ODELL BECKHAM JR. of the New York Giants has been suspended without pay for next Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings for multiple violations of safety-related playing rules in yesterday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
Beckham was penalized three times for unnecessary roughness, including a late helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless player in which Beckham left his feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent, lowered his helmet and initiated forcible contact with his helmet, and forcibly struck the defenseless player’s head. This “blindside block” was particularly flagrant because Beckham, with a 10-yard running start, had an unobstructed path to his opponent, the position of the opponent was not impacted by any other player, and the contact with the head/neck was avoidable.
The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations MERTON HANKS. Hanks ruled that Beckham’s actions placed his opponents at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.
In a letter to Beckham, Hanks noted, “At numerous times during yesterday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk…and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected.”
Beckham will not be permitted this week to attend team meetings and functions; attend or watch practices; appear at the club’s facilities for any reason; attend press conferences; appear at the team’s December 27 game; or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation. Beckham will be reinstated on Monday, December 28.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
The conduct of other players in the Panthers-Giants game is being reviewed for potential discipline in the form of fines.
Based on conversations Schefter has had with league sources, a one-game suspension is considered “likely.”
For what it’s worth, Jason La Canfora points out that Beckham Jr. doesn’t have long history of this type of behavior, and suspensions are often overturned on appeal for first-time offenders.
Beckham was flagged three times personal fouls with one of them coming after he dove at Panthers CB Josh Norman‘s head at the end of a play.
Should he receive a one-game ban, it seems likely that Beckham Jr would appeal the suspension, which would allow him to play in Week 16’s game.
Beckham Jr, 23, is in the second year of his four-year, $10,406,198 rookie contract. He’ll make a base salary of $893,009 this season and another $1,366,018 in 2016.
This season, has caught 91 passes for 1,396 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns for the Giants over the course of 14 games.