Dec 222015
 
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ODELL BECKHAM APPEAL ON WEDNESDAY…
According to ESPN, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham will have his appeal for his 1-game suspension heard on Wednesday. Beckham’s appeal will be heard by ex-Redskin and ex-Eagle wideout James Thrash.

On Monday, the NFL released a statement that said Beckham was “suspended without pay for next Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings for multiple violations of safety-related playing rules in (Sunday’s) game against the Carolina Panthers. Beckham was penalized three times for unnecessary roughness, including a late helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless player in which Beckham left his feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent, lowered his helmet and initiated forcible contact with his helmet, and forcibly struck the defenseless player’s head.  This ‘blindside block’ was particularly flagrant because Beckham, with a 10-yard running start, had an unobstructed path to his opponent, the position of the opponent was not impacted by any other player, and the contact with the head/neck was avoidable.”

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, an ex-49er, sent a letter to Beckham that noted, “At numerous times during yesterday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk…and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected.”

During his suspension, Beckham “will not be permitted…to attend team meetings and functions; attend or watch practices; appear at the club’s facilities for any reason; attend press conferences; appear at the team’s December 27 game; or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation. Beckham will be reinstated on Monday, December 28.”

NIKITA WHITLOCK TO INJURED RESERVE…
According to NJ.com, New York Giants fullback/defensive tackle Nikita Whitlock will be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve with a knee injury that he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. NJ.com says it not believed that Whitlock suffered any major tears in the knee.

ELI MANNING ON WFAN
The audio of Monday’s WFAN Radio interview with quarterback Eli Manning is available on CBS New York’s website.

NOTES…
The New York Giants have lost six games this year after they were leading or tied with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most such games they have had in one season since the 1970 merger.

The Giants lost those six games by a total of 15 points. Two of those losses were to the AFC and NFC frontrunners: New England by one point with one second remaining, and Carolina by three points as time expired.

The Giants have scored 373 points this season – 186 in the first half, and 187 in the second.

GIANTS-PANTHERS: SIGHTS AND SOUNDS…
A sights and sounds video from the Giants’ 38-35 loss to the Carolina Panthers is now available at Giants.com.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Wednesday to start preparing for Sunday night’s away game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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