Odell Beckham Jr. suffered an ankle injury after taking a nasty helmet to knee

Odell Beckham was taken out of Monday night’s preseason game on a low hit by Browns safety Briean Boddy-Calhoun.

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham went up to make a catch and from behind him, a safety dove into his knee.

The team announced he suffered an ankle sprain on the play. The 24-year-old was also tested for a concussion and cleared.

There is no NFL rule that prevents a defender from hitting a receiver’s leg — above or below the knee — in an attempt to tackle him. There are restrictions on where offensive players can block defenders, including clipping and chop blocks, but those don’t apply to defenders in the same way.

The good news is that it appears Odell Beckham wasn’t seriously injured. Whether the hit was clean or not, it was clearly dangerous.

“He could have made a play on the ball, he could have hit him high. He chose a different route,” Collins said, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I can’t respect him.”

Collins wasn’t the only one who thought it was a cheap shot. Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron questioned the hit:

 

Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson tweeted, “That was dirty big bruh you know that, those low hits to the knee end careers.” Former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster thought it was dirty:

 

 

And Los Angeles Rams receiver Sammy Watkins wanted to see that type of hit banned: