Odell Beckham returns to Giants-Browns after thumb injury

CLEVELAND — Odell Beckham Jr. left for the Giants locker room late in the first quarter holding his right hand gingerly against his body, with his glove off. Beckham was believed to have banged up a finger last week against the Chicago Bears originally.

The Giants announced early in the second quarter that Beckham had a thumb injury and his return was questionable. Beckham quickly emerged and returned to the sideline and the game, trying to ignite a stagnant Giants offense that generated very little early against the 0-11 Browns.

Beckham was busy to start Sunday’s game.

Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning for a second time this season forced the ball Beckham’s way early one week after a defense had taken the Giants best receiver out of a game.

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It happened earlier this season in Green Bay, after the Vikings had shut down Beckham in Minnesota. Then Sunday, coming off a five-catch, 46-yard outing against the Bears on just seven targets, Manning threw six of his first nine passes Beckham’s way, but without sufficient results.

Manning overthrew Beckham wide open on a sure touchdown on the Giants’ first series. His second attempt went incomplete. The third was a wide receiver screen complete on which Beckham slipped for minimal gain. The fourth went complete for a first down.

The fifth was broken up downfield, after an open Beckham slowed down and Manning underthrew into coverage, prompting Beckham to complain for pass interference. And the second went complete short on the inside before Beckham was tackled and headed to the locker room.

Giants safety Nat Berhe left the game with a concussion during the first half and will not return. Berhe told the Daily News last week that he was glad to be back with the team after a concussion sustained in Week 3 against Washington sidelined him from Week 4 through the team’s Week 8 bye. 

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His frustrations, however, resumed on Sunday in Cleveland.

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