New York – — Losing control during Sunday’s loss to the Panthers will cost Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. one game.
The NFL on Monday suspended Beckham for next weekend’s visit to Minnesota for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties. The league cited “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules.”
Beckham appealed the decision. His case will be heard by either James Thrash or Derrick Brooks, the hearing officers jointly appointed by the NFL and the players’ union.
Without Beckham, the Giants (6-8) would be missing their best offensive weapon as they try to stay alive in the NFC East race.
Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman tangled from the beginning of Carolina’s 38-35 victory. At one point, Beckham delivered a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman while blocking.
After Sunday’s game, Beckham refused to discuss his run-ins with Norman. There was no media availability with Beckham on Monday.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has a sprained MCL in his right knee that will keep the rookie out of Sunday’s home finale with the Texans.
Interim coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that Mariota will be re-evaluated after that game and wants to play the season finale at Indianapolis on Jan. 3.
Zach Mettenberger, 0-8 as a starter, will start against Houston (7-7).
... Third-string quarterback Brandon Weeden could start for the Texans as they try to clinch the AFC South title — after T.J. Yates suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Sunday and with Brian Hoyer (Michigan State) remaining in the concussion protocol.
... Veteran running back Steven Jackson announced via his Twitter account that he is joining the Patriots, who have been ravaged by injuries, including to running backs Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount. Jackson hasn’t played this season after spending the last two years with the Falcons. He had eight straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Rams.
... Safety Tyrann Mathieu, one of the inspirational leaders on the Cardinals defense, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
... Chargers rookie running back Melvin Gordon has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss the final two games of the season.
... The Packers placed rookie wide receiver Ty Montgomery on injured reserve with a lingering ankle injury and activated tight end Andrew Quarless, who spent the last three months on IR/designated to return.
... Former Lions backup quarterback Kellen Moore will start against the Bills and Tony Romo’s season will officially come to an end when the club places him on injured reserve later this week.
... Browns right guard John Greco will miss the final two games after spraining his MCL in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks.
... Broncos safety David Bruton Jr. played most of their game at Pittsburgh with a fractured right fibula that will sideline him indefinitely.
... Brock Osweiler remains the Broncos’ starting quarterback pending medical tests on his injured left shoulder, and Peyton Manning will try to return to practice Wednesday.
... Bills wide receiver Robert Woods is likely to miss the remainder of the season because of a groin injury.
... Suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Oklahoma.
... The Falcons have reached an injury settlement with Jon Asamoah, ending the guard’s two-year stay with the team. Veteran Chris Chester was signed to take his place.