Giants fine Odell Beckham Jr. for controversial ESPN comments

Pat Shurmur and the Giants fined Odell Beckham Jr. for his controversial comments in last week’s explosive ESPN interview, according to a league source.

That’s on top of Shurmur ripping Beckham Friday morning when the first excerpts of Beckham’s interview were released questioning his teammates’ heart and Eli Manning’s ability. And the coach also had Beckham apologize to the team on Saturday night.

FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Beckham’s fine on Thursday night.

Publicly last Friday, Shurmur was careful to barely reveal any of his real feelings on the matter, but after Sunday’s loss in Carolina he was clearly furious both with Beckham and the fact that the new of his reprimand of Beckham got out.

Chewing out and fining Beckham make clear Shurmur is handling Beckham’s antics differently than previous regimes.

IT’S GETTING TIGHT

Rhett Ellison joined Evan Engram on the Giants’ inactive list for Thursday Night’s pivotal division game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, ruling out Pat Shurmur’s top two tight ends from a game that had the potential to decide Big Blue’s season.

Ellison (216) and Engram (137) had played 86% of the Giants’ snaps at tight end through five weeks, and Shurmur’s offense frequently uses two-tight end sets (or 12 personnel).

But on Thursday, veteran offseason signing Scott Simonson (55 snaps coming in) and undrafted rookie Garrett Dickerson (one snap) were going to have to step up. And Simonson and Dickerson came in with only one catch for seven yards (by Simonson) between them.

Dickerson, of Englewood, N.J., Bergen Catholic and Northwestern, is a versatile player with potential in the passing game.

Joining Ellison and Engram on the Giants’ inactive list Thursday night were wideout Russell Shepard (neck), QB Kyle Lauletta, safety Kamrin Moore, center Evan Brown and defensive tackle John Jenkins.

The Eagles’ inactives were running back Darren Sproles (hamstring), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf), safety Corey Graham (hamstring), linebackers Nathan Gerry (ankle/knee) and D.J. Alexander (quad), and offensive linemen Jordan Mailata and Matt Pryor.

LONG LAYOVER

The Giants will not play a game after Thursday’s NFC East clash for another 11 days, since they are slated for a second straight prime time matchup in Week 6, on Monday night Oct. 22 at Atlanta’s glitzy Mercedes-Benz Stadium (the site of this season’s Super Bowl).

The Giants will follow that game against the Falcons with a Sunday division home game against Washington, then will go on their bye in Week 9.

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