The return of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains uncertain.
Beckham hasn’t practiced since sustaining an ankle injury in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns Aug. 21. He didn’t play in Sunday night’s 19-3 regular season opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants’ next game is Monday night’s home opener against the Detroit Lions.
Before the Cowboys game, there was optimism that Beckham would take the field. He was seen during a pregame workout. The positive sign was him running and cutting. Beckham even ran some routes but it wasn’t anywhere close to full speed. He didn’t attempt any jumping either.
Head coach Ben McAdoo was very cryptic about Beckham’s status before the game.
“He was out there working pregame, that’s all I have for you,” McAdoo said.
Beckham has been working ardently to return to the field. During Sunday night’s NBC telecast, it was mention he’s been putting in 10-hours days rehabbing, getting laser treatments, and working with chiropractors. He’s also been working with a physical therapist in an effort to get back on the field faster.
Beckham was sorely missed against the Cowboys. The Giants only managed two first downs and 33 passing yards in the first half. In the end, the offense’s only points came from an Aldrick Rosas field goal.
The Giants’ next practice isn’t until Thursday. The extra day this week goes a long way towards Beckham’s healing but it’s no guarantee he plays against Detroit.
McAdoo has repeatedly said the decision on whether or not Beckham plays is a medical decision, one that cannot be trumped by the player or coaching staff. They are exercising caution with their best offensive weapon and he will not play unless he’s close to being at full strength.