New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was not pleased when rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. "tweaked" his hamstring early in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and was forced to miss time. Now that the talented LSU product is missing training camp practices, Coughlin's patience is all but gone as he admitted on Sunday that the injury is "more than" a little disappointing.
"It’s more than [a little disappointing]," Coughlin said. "You’re trying to put a team together. We saw too much of that in the spring. It’d be nice to get him back practicing. He actually looks pretty good moving around, catching the ball, not favoring anything. I’m just hoping it’s a real short amount of time."
As impatient and disappointed as Coughlin is, the veteran coach realizes he's beating a dead horse at this point. Whether or not Beckham Jr. wants to be on the field — and whether or not Coughlin wants him to be on the field — is irrelevant. As of now, the team's medical staff is not budging and there's nothing Coughlin nor Beckham Jr. can do about it.
"They’re not going to let him go if he’s in the danger of hurting himself. That’s all there is to it," Coughlin said as he grew increasingly annoyed with the questioning. "I can stand there and fight all I want, but it’s not going to happen. When they feel he can go and not risk any recurring injury, they’ll let him go."
Beckham Jr. acknowledged Coughlin's frustration on Sunday, adding that the coach isn't necessarily angry with him, but rather the situation itself. It's something Beckham himself understands as he, too, admits a growing frustration over missing practice time.
However, if there's any one positive about the current situation, it's that Beckham Jr. didn't re-injure his hamstring by casually running a route, but rather, a fluke occurrence where he got his cleat tangled in the shoelace of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, which led to this new "tweak."
Should he continue to miss practice time, it's unlikely he'll play on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game — something he was very much looking forward to.
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