New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. knows head coach Tom Coughlin is no fan of lingering injuries. He also knows that you only get one chance at a first impression and that they generally last forever, so in an effort to salvage his, Beckham Jr. recently had a private sit-down with Coughlin to discuss his lingering hamstring injury.
"We had that talk today and it was just kind of like, ‘I’m new and we don’t know each other so well.’ Over time you get to know people," Beckham Jr. said on Tuesday. "The bad part about it is your first impression is going to last forever. You don’t ever want to leave a bad impression but at the same time I’m just trying to reassure him that, he knows how bad it is for me to not be practicing."
Since the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the career-healthy Beckham Jr. has twice been shut down as a result of a "tweaked" hamstring. Most recently, Beckham Jr. suffered a setback after getting tangled in the shoelace of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's while running a route, which has led to both frustration and concern from Coughlin and team doctors.
"It’s frustrating on both ends. He wants me out there as bad as I want to be out there. It’s just kind of like you work so hard to get to where you’re at now and it’s like you can’t go out there and do the one thing that you love to do," Beckham Jr. added. "It’s hard to just take that all the time and then have your coach, at the same time, be frustrated. It’s just something that… you’re just trying to play both sides of it."
Already ruled out for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Beckham Jr. may face quite a bit more time on the stationary bike. After undergoing a battery of tests, doctors revealed that there's "heavy" inflammation and blood in the hamstring — something that could sideline the rookie for quite some time, although they're currently looking at it as a day-to-day situation.
"Just heavy inflammation and blood in the hamstring. The trainers are just taking it day by day to see. Whatever happens is what happens. It’s up to them right now on the length, however long it’s going to be," Beckham Jr. said.
This, of course, is not the way the former LSU star envisioned the start to his NFL career.
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