Losing control during Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers will cost New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. one game.
The NFL on Monday suspended Beckham for next weekend's visit to Minnesota for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties. The league cited "multiple violations of safety-related playing rules."
Beckham has the right to appeal the suspension within three business days. Without him, the Giants (6-8) would be missing their best offensive weapon as they try to stay alive in the NFC East race.
Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman tangled from the beginning of the Panthers' 38-35 victory. At one point, Beckham delivered a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman while blocking.
Beckham, the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year, has 91 catches for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns, tied for the league lead. He has a base salary of $893,000 and would lose $55,813 for being suspended for Sunday night's game.
The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, who ruled that Beckham's actions placed his opponents at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.
"At numerous times during [Sunday's] game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk, and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected," Hanks said.
Hanks specifically pointed to a late helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless player in which Beckham left his feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent (Norman); lowered his helmet and initiated forcible contact with his helmet; and forcibly struck the defenseless player's head.
This "blindside block" was particularly flagrant because Beckham, with a 10-yard running start, had an unobstructed path to his opponent, the position of the opponent was not impacted by any other player, and the contact with the head/neck was avoidable, the NFL statement said.
After Sunday's game, Beckham refused to discuss his run-ins with Norman. There was no media availability with Beckham on Monday.
Mariota out for Sunday
Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota has a sprained MCL in his right knee that will keep the rookie out of Sunday's home finale with Houston.
Mariota will be re-evaluated after that game and wants to play the season finale at Indianapolis on Jan. 3.
Zach Mettenberger, 0-8 as a starter, will start against Houston (7-7).
•Brandon Weeden could start for the Texans on Sunday against Tennessee as they try to clinch the AFC South title.Houston is down to Weeden, the third-string quarterback, because T.J. Yates suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Sunday and Brian Hoyer remains in the concussion protocol.
•Kellen Moore will be the fourth starting quarterback for Dallas this season after replacing Matt Cassel and sparking the offense in a loss to the Jets.
•Browns right guard John Greco will miss the final two games because of a knee injury.
•Broncos safety David Bruton Jr. played most of the game at Pittsburgh with a fractured right fibula that will sideline him indefinitely.
•Bills receiver Robert Woods likely will miss the remainder of the season because of a groin injury.
• Veteran running back Steven Jackson announced via Twitter that he is joining the Patriots.
•Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is out for the season because of a torn ACL.
•Chargers rookie running back Melvin Gordon of the Chargers has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss the final two games of the season.
• The Packers activated tight end Andrew Quarless from the injured reserve-designated to return list.