NEW YORK (AP) — Losing control during Sunday’s loss to the Panthers will cost Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr one game.
The NFL on Monday suspended Beckham for next weekend’s match at Minnesota for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties.
Beckham has the right to appeal the suspension. Without him, the Giants (6-8) would be missing their best offensive weapon as they try to stay alive in the NFC East race.
Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman tangled from the beginning of the Panthers’ 38-35 victory. At one point, Beckham delivered a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman while blocking.
There was plenty of pushing, shoving, swinging, wrestling, late hits and trash talking between them.
Beckham, the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year, has 91 catches for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns, tied for the league lead. He has a base salary of $893,000 and would lose $55,813 for being suspended for Sunday night’s game.
After Sunday’s game, Beckham refused to discuss his run-ins with Norman. There was no media availability with Beckham on Monday.
Asked about the personal fouls, he said Sunday, “You never want to hurt your team like that. I have learned it all throughout my life you know, always second man gets called, always that it is just unfortunate. You go back and watch the film tomorrow and you learn from it.”
Norman was infuriated by the helmet-to-helmet hit and called for the league to look at Beckham’s play.
“He was 15 yards down the field and went straight for my head. It was just crazy, man,” Norman said.
“He’s got the maturity of a little kid,” Norman added of Beckham, who finished with six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown and also dropped a sure TD pass in the first quarter.
AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributed to this story.