Odell Beckham Jr. Listed as Questionable vs. Cowboys with Ankle Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on prior to a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants listed wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.

Beckham is dealing with a left ankle injury that has cast his availability for the team's season opener in doubt, though he said of playing that he "wouldn't count it out" on Thursday, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.

"Again if it's safe for the player to play and he's not going to do further harm to himself physically, then we would think about playing him," head coach Ben McAdoo said Thursday, per Raanan. "But I would never put a player out there who would do further damage to himself physically."

The exact nature of Beckham's ankle sprain remains unclear, with some speculation that he's dealing with a high ankle sprain. Beckham wasn't forthcoming when pressed on the specifics, however.

"Some kind of ankle sprain. Somewhere in there in that area around the ankle," he noted. "Upper, lower, middle, left, right."

Outside of quarterback Eli Manning, no player on the Giants offense is more instrumental to their success than Beckham. He had another excellent campaign in 2016, catching a career-high 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 scores. He's a three-time Pro Bowler and ranked as Pro Football Focus' No. 51 player overall in the 2016 season (fourth among wide receivers).

Suffice it to say, not having Beckham against a division rival like the Cowboys would be a major blow for the Giants as they seek to steal the NFC East crown from Dallas this season. 

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