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NFL Injury Analysis: Scary Hit for Beckham

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Odell Beckham Jr.

The dynamic receiver suffered a sprained ankle in Mondayís preseason loss to the Browns but appears to have successfully avoided a more costly injury. The injury occurred when Cleveland cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun tackled Beckham as he came to the ground following a leaping catch. The hit was legal, but the timing of the impact could have easily resulted in significant damage.

When examining an injury, athletic trainers and other medical personnel closely watch the incident in question to see if the mechanism of injury can offer any clues about the nature of the injury. In this case, Beckhamís left leg is fully extended when it first makes contact with the turf. Normally this scenario is a combination for a more traumatic injury.

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