Although OBJ was cleared of concussion symptoms, the team did announce that he would miss the rest of the game with a sprained ankle.
The good news for the Giants is that Beckham’s X-rays came back negative. However, that doesn’t mean he’s completely out of the clear yet. The team announced that Beckham will be re-evaluated when the Giants get back to New York on Tuesday morning.
The Jaguars did what had to be done to win in Cleveland. Now it’s back to having to beat real NFL teams, although the schedule only gets marginally tougher with games against the Cardinals and Colts the next two weekends.
The Panthers return from their bye to face the Jets on Sunday at the Meadowlands. Carolina can’t afford a misstep, with key games against the Saints and Vikings looming. The offense should get a major boost from the expected return of TE Greg Olsen, while a decision is to be made later in the week on whether center Ryan Kalil also will be back in the lineup.
The loss Sunday at Minnesota was not a promising beginning to the rugged stretch of the schedule that will show how the Rams stack up against the other top NFC contenders. If they don’t fare far better in the coming weeks against the Saints, Eagles and Seahawks, there will be no choice but to conclude that they are a year away from being the real deal.
Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch announced Monday that they will retain Coach Ben McAdoo for the remainder of the season and then evaluate him. McAdoo, at this point, appears to be making that evaluation pretty simple. He’s not getting his players to play very hard or very well at all for him. Mara and Tisch are patient, as they demonstrated again Monday by not firing McAdoo sooner rather than later. But no one is patient enough to keep McAdoo beyond season’s end if he can’t get the Giants to play much better in their final seven games.