The New York Giants fell to the San Diego Chargers yesterday, but the biggest loss may have come in the form of a significant injury to star wide receiver Odell Beckham.
Beckham suffered a fractured left ankle in Sunday’s 27-22 loss to the Chargers. The injury happened on a play where Beckham’s leg got pinned underneath him while he was getting tackled. His top half bent backwards while his leg folded awkwardly underneath him. He was in obvious pain on the field, and he was shedding tears as he was carted off the field.
You can see a video of the injury below.
Beckham was diagnosed with a fractured left ankle and left the stadium on a cart with a boot on his left leg. He plans to seek a second opinion before deciding on surgery, as team officials noted that there is currently too much swelling to determine if he also suffered ligament damage.
Dr. Silverman Explains The Injury
First, let’s talk about the factors at play during the moment of injury. As Beckham falls to the ground, an external rotation of the foot, combined with the stress of his weight and of the tackling player, created a fibula fracture and a tibiofibular sprain (also known as a high ankle sprain).
When this type of injury occurs, it also damages the deltoid ligament, which is a strong band of tissue that is connected to medial malleolus. The medial malleous, which contributes to the bony prominence on the inside of your ankle (the bump on the outside of your ankle is called the lateral malleous), is also damaged during this type of injury.
Your deltoid ligament can heal from this without surgery, but oftentimes the medial malleolus will need to be fixed with internal hardware implementation. In other words, a couple of screws. He’ll also likely undergo surgery to address the fracture site to ensure everything heals as it should.
Beckham will be out for 6-8 weeks at a minimum, and he probably won’t be advised to bear weight on the ankle for the first month after surgery. Sometimes surgeons allow weight bearing sooner in an attempt to be aggressive with rehabilitation, but it also increases the risk of complications. Considering the Giants are 0-5 and for all intents and purposes eliminated from playoff contention, there’s no reason to think that we’ll see Beckham back on the field this season. Let him undergo his surgery, take his time with his rehabilitation and make a full recovery ahead of next season.
It’s a painful and frustrating injury for a highlight-reel type of player like Beckham, but I’m confident he can come back from this. We wish him the best of luck in his recovery.
Lance Silverman, MD
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