The NFL, already fighting to preserve its popularity with a divided fan base, lost two superstars Sunday.
The winless New York Giants will be without receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the rest of the year, while three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt suffered a season-ending injury for the second straight season.
Beckham needs surgery on his broken left ankle, the Giants said Monday, and he was put on injured reserve with fellow receiver Dwayne Harris, who fractured a foot in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. Beckham had a team-high 25 catches for 302 yards.
Receivers Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard also suffered ankle injuries on the same series. Marshall...