The team's top offensive weapon was drilled by Browns corner Briean Boddy-Calhoun as he came down from nabbing a high pass in the second quarter. Beckham spun his helmet in frustration but walked off the field under his own power. After trotting into the tunnel en route to the locker room, a television camera caught Beckham on his knees rocking back and forth in pain.
ESPN reported during the broadcast that Beckham was being evaluated for both a concussion and an ankle injury, but that Beckham was cleared of any concussion symptoms.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Tuesday that Beckham suffered a sprained ankle. X-ray results came back negative and he underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday.
That will likely be the final time the world sees Beckham this preseason. The Giants, knowing full well that their offense operates around the record-setting wideout, will almost certainly place him on ice until the regular-season opener against Dallas.
After the game, Beckham did not seem concerned about the injury. "Everything's good," he told WFAN radio. "Shake it off, go play football."
The sprained ankle diagnosis, while concerning because of the injury's tendency to linger and nag leading to more serious issues, had to be a sigh of relief for the Giants. While the hit was completely legal, it drew a clearly negative reaction from Beckham for zeroing in on his lower body.