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Then Dwayne Harris fractured his foot and was ruled out.
The worst news, though, came in the fourth quarter when star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. injured his ankle and was carted off. He is expected to undergo surgery on his fractured ankle.
What does this mean for the Giants? The Giants haven’t been good offensively this season. Losing their four wide receivers — including their best one — certainly didn’t help them as they fell to 0-5 in the 27-22 loss to the Chargers.
Coming into Sunday, the 33-year-old Marshall had 16 receptions on 30 targets for 139 yards. Shepard came into Sunday’s game as the Giants’ leading receiver with 254 yards and one touchdown.
Beckham led all receivers in the game with 97 yards a touchdown.
“That first game, nobody really knew how good he was going to be,” Hillenmeyer told me in 2013. “He runs really hard, but there’s a lot of big, fast guys who can run over you and make you miss and do all those kinds of things. But for some reason he just takes it to another level.”
There was nothing flukey about the second touchdown. Now in the 3rd quarter, still tied at 14, the Vikings had 1st and 10 at their own 27. Peterson took the handoff running right. To his left was Ricky Manning Jr., unblocked.
“On the one play, I had an outside blitz-contain,” Manning said after the game. “I have to read it better. I have to make that play. I put that all on me. Like I said, we missed a lot of tackles.”