Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Odell Beckham Jr. had a big complaint after watching Sterling Shepard go down with a non-contact knee injury on Monday night.
Shepard on Monday suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The knee injury comes less than a year after Shepard suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in his left leg.
Beckham, who teamed with Shepard on the New York Giants from 2016-2018, was upset after seeing his former teammate go down.
Beckham blamed the injuries on the playing surface at MetLife Stadium.
Just get rid of it all the fkngether bro. Billions made off this game I can’t understand why we can’t play on grass. That shxt is rough. Prayers up for my brother. Shxt just hurt my heart 🤕
“Just get rid of it all the fkngether (sic) bro,” Beckham wrote. “Billions made off this game I can’t understand why we can’t play on grass. That shxt (sic) is rough. Prayers up for my brother. Shxt (sic) just hurt my heart.”
MetLife Stadium uses FieldTurf, which is a brand of artificial turf. There have long been questions and suspicion that injuries occur more commonly on artificial turf rather than real grass.
Beckham suffered an ankle injury in 2017 with the Giants and quad injury the following season. He suffered a torn ACL in 2020 with the Browns. He is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl with the Rams.
Beckham knows everything Shepard has been going through and all about the surgery and rehab he has ahead. He feels badly for a reason.
Mar 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley speaks during a radio interview during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley had an interesting answer when asked which of his former teammates he would most like to play with again.
“The obvious would be Odell Beckham,” Barkley said. “I just got off the phone with him last night, talking about (Sterling Shepard). O, he’s a different cat. Special player, especially with the ball in his hands. The things he can do on a football field, how he’s able to just light up a stadium. I know that he’s doing everything he can in his rehab to come back even better. You never know, hopefully one day we’re back on the same team.”
Obviously, there is nothing to suggest Barkley is recruiting Beckham back to New York. However, it’s certainly notable that they sound like they talk regularly. Plus, the regime that got rid of Beckham is gone now, and the Giants are looking a bit thin at wide receiver after Sterling Shepard’s season-ending injury.
On the other hand, Beckham probably wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about playing regularly at MetLife Stadium again. He will be in high demand once he recovers from his ACL injury, and will likely have a shot at joining a playoff contender.