THREE Giants receivers break their ankles in one game, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens volunteer to fill in
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I don't know about you guys, but watching the Giants lose is almost as good as watching the Patriots win. There's just nothing quite like kicking back and watching New England get the victory on Thursday night, then getting to see Eli "Elite" Manning choke away a home game to Phillip "21 interceptions" Rivers and the Chargers the following Sunday. But even the Giants hater in me couldn't help but feel sad for Big Blue's starting receivers--ALL FOUR of whom injured their ankles (including three season-ending breaks) on Sunday.
The incident has to be one of the oddest things to ever happen in an NFL game, period. It all started when Sterling Shepard sprained his ankle and left the game in the second quarter. Brandon Marshall broke his ankle later that same quarter, while return man and #4 receiver Dwayne Harris went down with a broken foot in the fourth. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wrapped up the onslaught by breaking his own ankle with around four minutes left in the game. Marshall, Harris, and Beckham are all done for the year, prompting a couple old NFL friends to reach out to the team:
While the team didn't respond, they did sign three new wideouts to compensate for the injuries: Tavarres King, Travis Rudolph, and Ed Eagan (Rudolph and Eagan were on New York's practice squad). I guess that constitutes a no from Big Blue. But hey, at 0-5 (and about to be 0-6 after their game this week in Denver), the Giants could do worse than a couple players with 12 combined Pro Bowl nods.