The back-and-forth tussle between Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman was one worth the price of admission, but possibly a costly one.
UPDATE: The NFL has indeed suspended Beckham Jr. for one game.
The former LSU wide receiver is expected to be handed a one-game suspension from the NFL after Beckham delivered a shot to Norman’s head after the end of a play, according to ESPN.com. If the league does suspend Beckham Jr., he’ll become the first offensive player in NFL history to be suspended because of a helmet-to-helmet infraction.
Beckham and Norman were both involved in a physical one-on-one matchup during the New York Giants-Carolina Panthers clash on Sunday, which included shoving and at times fighting. Beckham was guilty of three personal foul penalties.
Beckham came through with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman, which was the culmination of a numerous late hits and body slams throughout the contest. Perhaps the second-year wide receiver allowed his emotions to get the best of him in a high-pressure situation where the Panthers were trying to remain undefeated and the Giants were fighting for their playoff lives.
Of course, there was certainly bragging rights at stake, too, as Norman is widely considered to be the best cornerback in the NFL and Beckham is an up-and-comer worthy of top-five talk among current wide receivers.
Norman, who is not expected to receive any discipline from the league after Sunday’s win, said he felt Beckham deserved a suspension.
“I hope the league office gets a chance to review the film and see what they can do, because players like that don’t deserve to be in the game,” Norman said. “I mean, it’s ridiculous.”
Beckham finished the game with six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown as the Giants fell, 38-35, at home to Carolina. It is unknown if Beckham will appeal the suspension or when a ruling could come.