In last night’s preseason Week 2 match-up between Cleveland and New York, All-Pro wideout Odell Beckham Jr. left the game with an apparent injury after getting hit by Cleveland’s Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Luckily, it doesn’t appear the ankle sprain will cause him to miss a lot of time.
The talk of the day has been whether or not it was a dirty hit on Cleveland’s part.
Sadly, given we’re only halfway through the preseason, these are the sort of things we’re talking about at this point in August.
And I’m here to say: No, I don’t believe it was a dirty hit.
Sure, it was a low hit. But with there being rules in place to avoid hitting a defenseless receiver from the neck up, more low hits are being laid down in the last few years. When in the heat of the action, sometimes players end up getting hit a little lower than they’d prefer to be hit. It happens.
Not to mention, with Boddy-Calhoun being just a second-year undrafted player looking to prove himself in Cleveland, he didn’t appear to be intentionally going for a low hit on OBJ. He’s going to be playing hard in Week 2 of the preseason. He’s not looking to knock New York’s top star out of the game, he’s just trying to make the play and not get burnt by the three-time Pro Bowl receiver.
There was no ill-will, and not even OBJ himself complained about the hit. Lets let it go and let the men play the game.
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