The NFL announced on Monday that wide receiver Odel Beckham Jr. will face a one game suspension for his violent actions against Panthers cornerback Josh Norman in Week 15.
Beckham has appealed the suspension and a final ruling is expected to be handed down before Thursday. Flagged for three unsportsmanlike penalties, Beckham was involved in several physical altercations with Norman after the whistle including a play where he targeted the defensive back from behind with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter.
Norman was the early instigator body slamming Beckham to the ground in the first quarter and repeatedly shoving him uTnder the facemask at the line of scrimmage.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Beckham felt threatened by the Panthers carrying a baseball bat during pregame warmups and waiving it toward Beckham in a menacing fashion.
The Giants receiver engaged in heated verbal exchange with practice squad player Marcus Ball while he was holding the bat.
Carolina has carried the bat during pregame warmups throughout the year to symbolize "laying the wood," which illustrates its physical style of play.
Beckham carried that emotional charge into the contest and after being held without a catch in the first half allowed his emotions to boil over.
The NFL determined that Beckham's action put Norman and the Panthers at an unneccessary risk of injury.
The Giants will take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night and will likely be without Beckham.
Asked by The Giants Beat how disconcerting it will be facing a must-win scenario without his top playmaker, head coach Tom Coughlin said via conference call, "You ask a question that requires no answer."