Odell Beckham Jr. hit Josh Norman early and often on Sunday and now it appears the NFL is striking back. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL is mulling a possible one-game suspension for Beckham.
The Giants wide receiver was flagged for three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after retaliating for overly physical play from Norman. Beckham’s frustration level reached a boiling point after he was held without a catch in the first half of Big Blue’s 38-35 loss in Week 15 to the Panthers.
The second year superstar launched himself at Norman in a vicious helmet to helmet hit from behind in a clear attempt to target the defensive back in a malicious manner. The league’s minimum fine for a first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty is $11,576, but if the NFL determines that Beckham’s actions constitute fighting then his fine jumps up to $23,152.
Norman wasn’t exactly an angel either as he instigated the violent play by aggressively pushing his hands under Beckham’s facemask when attempting to jam the speedy wideout at the line of scrimmage and shoving him after the whistle.
After reviewing the game film the league is in agreement that both players should have been ejected. The officiating crew flagged Norman for unnecessary roughness, but allowed the shoving between the two hotheads to escalate to dangerous levels.
The NFL is expected to announce the fine and suspension for Beckham shortly and it’s likely that he could miss Big Blue’s matchup with the Vikings next week.
The Giants have two games remaining on their schedule including a trip to Minnesota before returning home for the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
New York’s slim division title hopes are still alive as it will need to win the last two contests and hope that Washington loses to both the Eagles and Cowboys to finish the year.
To make matters worse, the Giants will probably be without their best offensive playmaker in what could be a win or go home scenario on Sunday night football.