The sight of Odell Beckham Jr. leaving the field and toward the locker room as he shook his head on Thursday night, before the first half was even over, might not help the tension surrounding him and the New York Giants.
Late in the first half, with the Philadelphia Eagles up 24-6, Fox cameras found Beckham leaving to the locker room. Beckham was going back by himself because the first half wasn’t over.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur said that it wasn’t frustration that sent Beckham to the locker room early. The wideout went to get an IV because he was dehydrated.
And as it turned out, the Giants got another offensive play and had to run it without Beckham. The Eagles missed a long field goal, the Giants got the ball back with two seconds left and ran a play. Beckham wasn’t on the field because he was back in the locker room. The pass went to Sterling Shepard, who gained a fairly meaningless 20 yards. It’s not like Beckham was going to break through the entire Eagles defense to score if he got the ball on that final play, but it was a bad look.
Beckham created waves lately for his comments, most notably some not-so-supportive words about Eli Manning during an ESPN interview last week. Fox’s Jay Glazer reported that the team fined Beckham for those comments.
Odell Beckham Jr. throughout his career
Odell Beckham Jr. throughout his career
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21, 2017: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants watches the action from the sideline in the first quarter of a preseason game on April 27, 2017 against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 10-6. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - CIRCA 2011-2012: Odell Beckham Jr., #33 wide receiver of the Louisiana State University Tigers football team poses for a head shot at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Steve Franz/Louisiana State University/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - SEPTEMBER 24, 2011: Odell Beckham Jr, #33 wide receiver of the Louisiana State University Tigers football team runs upfield with the ball during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 24, 2011 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, Virginia. The Tigers won 47-21. (Photo by Louisiana State University/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 08: Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the LSU Tigers fields a punt in front of Sean Parker #1 of the Washington Huskies during a game at Tiger Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 26: Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the LSU Tigers participates in pregame drills prior to a game at Tiger Stadium against the Furman Paladins on October 26, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU won the game 48-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
08 MAY 2014: New York Giants 12th overall pick Odell Beckham Jr holds a Giants Jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the first round at the 2014 NFL Draft. The 2104 NFL Draft was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants carries the ball after the catch against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 9, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Keke Palmer and Odell Beckham Jr. attend Trey Songz 30th Birthday Celebration at The Lion on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants in action during the New York Giants V San Francisco 49ers, NFL American Football match at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA. 16th November 2014. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 07: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants catches a pass as Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans defends during.a NFL game at LP Field on December 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring 10 yard touchdown thrown by Eli Manning #10 in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 7: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants warming up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Giants defeated the Titans 36-7. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. attends the 2015 NFL Honors at Phoenix Symphony Hall on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. (R) accepts the award for Best Play from recording artist Ciara and NBA player Andre Iguodala onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 1: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Giants 52-49. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a 72 yard long touchdown against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 6, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Football players Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. attend the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON- FEBRUARY 14: Odell Beckham Jr. during the 65th NBA All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. February 14, 2016. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 03: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 3, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 27, 2016: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants catches a pass prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns on November 27, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. New York won 27-13. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Imges)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21, 2017: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants poses for a picture as he walks onto the field prior to a preseason game on April 27, 2017 against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 10-6. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
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It’s far from the first time there has been drama between Beckham and the team. Shurmur said last week that he wanted to talk about football, not drama. But drama is never far off with Beckham. Unless the team gave permission for Beckham to leave to the locker room before the first half was over, it will be interesting to see if he’s punished again.
The Giants struggled offensively in the first half on Thursday night. Beckham had two catches for 12 yards. Fans booed the entire offense for the sluggish performance. He finished with six catches for 44 yards.
If Giants fans yelled at the team as it entered the locker room when the first half ended, Beckham didn’t hear it. He was already inside.