The last thing any team wants to see during the preseason is one of their star players get hurt, but that’s exactly what happened to the Giants on Monday when Odell Beckham went down with an injury during the second quarter.
Beckham took a low hit from Cleveland’s Briean Boddy-Calhoun after hauling in an 18-yard catch.
I wasn’t sure, I really wasn’t, Brady said. Wednesday, it happened, and Wednesday night I definitely wasn’t sure, but it was just a crazy injury in practice. It didn’t look good there for a little bit, but fortunately, Thursday, I didn’t practice, I took some time off. Friday, did just a little bit and things kind of felt a lot better on Saturday and [Sunday] I was just able to kind of do what I needed to do.
It was pretty stressful. I was stressed out, Brady said. You drive home and you have all these stitches in this place. You’re driving home and I saw my wife [Gisele] and she said, ‘What happened?!’ and I said, ‘I know, it was just an accident in practice.’ She said, ‘What is going to happen?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes.’
When the teams meet again in New England for the AFC Championship Game, we’ll get more of the same, albeit with less controversy. Both teams can score quickly and we’ll get points early and often as Brady and Ben elevate their games and we get a full-blown shootout. The Steelers end up with the ball last again this time around, though, and are able to kick a game-winning field goal to finally vault them past the Pats. Prediction: Steelers 31, Patriots 28
We don’t know how his hard-nosed and honest style of coaching will translate with today’s players, much like we don’t know how his work in the broadcast booth will impact his connection to the game. For everyone who worked with him in Oakland, the respect came in the preparation, which is something both Kingdon and Trestman both said he did better than anyone.
One thing is certain though — Gruden won’t have to send a message as a young coach trying to make his mark this time around. Everybody knows who he is.