The NFL could have another concussion controversy on its hands this week.
New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. was able to stay in Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys despite taking a huge hit in the first quarter that appeared to leave him dazed.Beckham was leveled by Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox on Eli Manning's throw over the middle with 2:42 left in the first quarter of the Giants’ 27-26 loss.
And although it wasn't considered a helmet-to-helmet hit, it sure sounded like it.
The catch was ruled incomplete after Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett challenged the call and lost after the review showed Beckham never had possession with the football. Beckham went straight to the bench and appeared to be shaken up, but came straight back into the game after being looked at by the Giants trainers and doctors.
But Beckham tried to wave off their attempt to make him undergo the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol and they cleared him in surprisingly quick fashion, not even making Beckham go in the locker room for a more in-depth look.
The replay, which took several minutes, allowed Beckham additional time to gather himself and return to the game.
The wide receiver, who did not speak with reporters following the game, was limited to five catches and only 44 yards — his lowest yardage total since last Oct. 19.