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Odell Beckham Jr. Issued 1-Game Suspension by NFL

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2015

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (24) play during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended one game for his illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman and his actions throughout Sunday's game, according to NFL Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora.

Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported Monday morning the NFL was considering the punishment:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

NFL discussing discipline for Odell Beckham Jr. this morning, but based on conversations with league sources, a 1-game suspension is likely.

Beckham and Norman spent much of Sunday's game pushing and shoving after the whistle. Beckham ultimately was flagged three times for unnecessary roughness, making him just the third player in the past 15 years to be penalized three times for that foul in one game, per ESPN Stats & Information. 

Beckham, 23, finished with six receptions for 76 yards and the game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He was held without a reception in the first half, however, and he continued to be frustrated by Norman and Carolina's physical approach to defending him. 

Beckham has been excellent this season, catching 91 passes for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's established himself as one of the game's top receivers and seemingly does something spectacular in every game. 

But the feud between him and Norman was out of control Sunday, to the point that at times in the third quarter, the players were fighting after every single play. Norman, in particular, took exception to Beckham's helmet-to-helmet hit.

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"He came back and was hunting. It was just malicious in every way," Norman said after the game, per Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. "When they put it on the film and they go back and review it, I hope the league office takes a look at it and see what they can do. Because players like that don't need to be in the game."

That play was the moment Beckham went too far, as former running back LaDainian Tomlinson noted, per the NFL Network:

NFL Network @nflnetwork

"Odell Beckham Jr. crossed the line when he tried to ear hole Josh Norman" - @LT_21 https://t.co/poDkAYavNT

While Beckham remains one of the NFL's most dynamic wideouts, his inability to keep his cool hurt his team, and it certainly could have resulted in his ejection from the game. It's hard to imagine the Giants fighting their way back into the playoff picture without Beckham's services against the Minnesota Vikings.

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