According to New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has an ankle. What isn’t clear to the Twitterverse is whether or not Beckham still has his other ankle or why there was doubt to begin with.
Beckham sprained an ankle during a preseason game on Monday night against the Cleveland Browns on a play in which the injury looked like it could have been a lot worse.
On Tuesday, McAdoo met with the media and addressed the injury. As has become common practice among both coaches and announcers alike, McAdoo abbreviated the injury by simply referring to the body part, as in “has an ankle.”
Coach McAdoo: Odell Beckham Jr. has an ankle and we'll see how he responds to treatment.
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 22, 2017
This form of injury shorthand in sports has become a pet peeve to many fans and the jokes came swift on Twitter.
Here is just a sampling of replies to the Giants Twitter account in the first few minutes of the tweet. There were many more.
Ben, he has two ankles actually. @PFTCommenter
— Suh Dude (@LionsRohr_) August 22, 2017
Are ankles rare? ????
— A.Goldberg09 (@Agoldie09) August 22, 2017
OK great to establish that Odell has an ankle. The world can let that mystery rest now. Hey everyone Odell has ankles!
— Zane Majere (@Zanemajere) August 22, 2017
He lost a whole ankle? That's awful…
— BYU Tweet Mob (@byu_mob) August 22, 2017
I hope he has 2 ankles
— Gobbo (@GOBBOTHEiCONN) August 22, 2017
He had one removed? That sucks, he will be a little slower on the field.
— Michael Moseley (@chsREgolfer) August 22, 2017
Rumor has it that he had 2, can you confirm?
— Paul (@thepet24) August 22, 2017
Sucks he only has 1. I have 2.
— Jason Burkhardt (@jtrot54) August 22, 2017
Hopefully he has two Ben if not I think we have a problem
— Mar3000 (@RashadAmar) August 22, 2017
So they removed the other one?
— Robert Blazer (@RobertCBlazer) August 22, 2017
He's gonna need two
— Drew (@youngpontifex) August 22, 2017