ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be “a game-time decision” for Sunday night’s regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys but doesn’t think he will play.
Schefter reported that “while the Giants believe Odell Beckham Jr. is considered a game-time decision, there is real doubt whether he will play”.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport’s report was a little more optimistic, just barely.
Rapoport tweeted “2 days ago, there was little hope #NYG WR Odell Beckham would play vs #Cowboys. Thanks to round-the-clock rehab, he’s now a game-time call.”
Beckham injured his ankle in the Giants’ second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns when he was hit low by cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. He has not practiced since sustaining the injury nearly three weeks ago. Beckham was seen stretching with teammates this week and doing a little jogging. He has not run any routes nor he has tried to cut or jump.
His official status against the Cowboys is questionable.
The Giants have been very secretive about the nature of Beckham’s injury and his status for the opener. Head coach Ben McAdoo said earlier in the week the medical staff will ultimately make the call on whether or not Beckham plays against the Cowboys.
“If he is cleared medically to play in the game, we will play him. If not, we won’t,” McAdoo said.
Beckham said Wednesday he felt fine, declaring himself to be day-to-day.
“I wouldn’t count it out,” Beckham said when asked about his status for the Cowboys game. “My heart—it’s just not going to make this easy.”