The NFL announced the suspension late Monday afternoon and said an official release with a detailed explanation would be forthcoming.
Beckham has the right to appeal the suspension and almost assuredly will, although NFLPA officials said Monday afternoon that they would wait for the official letter announcing and detailing the suspension before proceeding. Appeals of this nature are generally expedited, and assuming Beckham files the appeal within the next day or so, it’s likely to be heard and ruled on well in advance of the Giants’ Sunday night game against the Vikings in Minnesota. A jointly appointed appeals officer, either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, will hear the appeal.
Beckham was flagged three times for personal fouls as he grappled all day Sunday with Panthers cornerbacks Josh Norman and Cortland Finnegan. The Panthers’ defensive backs were also flagged, but Beckham’s actions seemed more excessive, particularly the play on which he rushed across the field to deliver a helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman at the end of a run play on which neither was involved.
Beckham was fined for unacceptable on-field actions in the Giants’ game in Buffalo earlier this year. After that game, Bills players accused Beckham of throwing punches, something he clearly did more than once against Carolina.
Reports on Monday indicated that a Panthers practice squad player brought a baseball bat on the field before the game and made threatening remarks to Beckham with it, although the team has since explained that the bat is a motivational symbol it brings onto the field before every game.
New York needs to win both of its remaining games and have the Redskins lose both of theirs if it’s to have any chance to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Asked what kind of effect playing without Beckham would have on those chances, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday, “You ask a question that requires no answer.”
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