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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. May not Return Until Week 2 Vs. Arizona Cardinals

August 26th, 2014 at 1:55 PM
By Douglas Rush

When the New York Giants take the field to play the New England Patriots in their preseason finale on Thursday night, they will be without their first round pick Odell Beckham Jr., who is dealing with hamstring issues.

During the week of the New York Jets preseason game, Beckham left practice with his hamstring being sore and they kept him out for the game against the Jets and they've also kept him out now against the Patriots, as the team doesn't want to take any chances in tempting fate and re-injuring the hamstring that already has kept him out for three weeks in the summer.

After Thursday night's game, the Giants will have about two weeks time before they will play against the Detroit Lions in their regular season opener on September 8, but it seems unlikely that Beckham will be ready to go given his lack of time on the field, which Jordan Raanan of explained.

"Even if Beckham is back practicing early next week, is it realistic to envision him being a significant contributor a week later in the opener? Probably not. Beckham hasn't been a full participant in a Giants practice since early June. He's going to need time to get up to speed and into playing shape. So, best-case scenario at this point appears to be Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. More likely at this point appears to be even later in his rookie season."

When the media asked Coughlin about the idea of Beckham returning for their Week 1 Monday Night Football showdown with the Lions, Coughlin sounded a bit agitated with Beckham's absence from practice and would settle for him practicing first before guaranteeing him playing in a game.

"Have you seen him practice?” a seemingly perturbed Coughlin said. "How about practicing before you play?"

With two weeks left until the regular season, a lot can change between now and September 8th and Beckham has been doing light work while at practice, so maybe if the hamstring improves over the course of that time, maybe Beckham will be ready to go for Week 1 although reports are saying that it's not likely to happen; but at this point, it's simply a case of wait and see.


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15 Responses to “New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. May not Return Until Week 2 Vs. Arizona Cardinals”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    he hasn’t arrived yet

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I think the most shocking non cut was Holiday. He still may have a say in the PR/KR roles after all.

  3.  Mart Lukk says:


  4.  T-Thom97 says:

    what else is new with the first round WRs we take…..

  5.  James Stoll says:

    the news about Schwartz re-opens the short-term IR tag for Beckum
    It would be a good idea to use it now instead of week 4 or 5 in the hopes you could get him back before mid-season
    of course the giants won’t do that
    instead he’ll be day-to-day for weeks

  6.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Can I get a little credit for calling Week 2?

    I now suspect him not to play until week 6.

  7.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Kujo if you’re out there… Guess what I’m about to call ODJ????!!!!!!!!

  8.  Hanshi says:

    I think everyone knew week 2 would be the soonest unless they rushed him back only to re-injure it. Weeks 4 – 6 seem more realistic.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    I don’t know what they’re going to do about IR and all that, but Beckham’s absence in the early part of the season has to improve the chances of Jernigan (I assume they will move Cruz outside until Beckham returns, unless they’re going to take a chance with Washington early in the season, and if Cruz moves outside Jernigan is the slot receiver) and probably puts Talley on the practice squad. I’m guessing that McAdoo is begging them to keep Holliday so he has the X-factor that he lost with the retirement of Wilson. If he wins that argument then Parker is probably also ticketed to the practice team.

    I just don’t see any scenario in which Jernigan gets cut at this point. Until Beckham returns he’s absolutely needed. I say he gets this season to prove worthy of another contract.

    So, Cruz, Randle, Beckham, Washington, Jernigan and ?. Does Holliday, if he’s kept, replace a running back or a wide receiver? If a wide receiver then Parker goes to the practice squad and Manningham is either IR’d or released. If Parker is kept then do they also keep Holliday in lieu of the fourth running back? Or does McAdoo give up on Holliday and he’s quite justifiably cut and Parker makes it as a returner/wide receiver. Lots of permutations here.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      anyway you look at it… Not too happy with the WR situation.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      You don’t keep both Parker and Holiday. Jernigan’s competition is Manningham. I’m surprised they didn’t cut MM to give him time to try to catch on with another team.

      I doubt Holiday makes it. Parker has some wiggle but the key is he seems very secure in catching the ball. Holiday isn’t a ball safe PR and I think he was always in trouble here.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I really don’t want Holliday, but I just have a feeling that McAdoo may be looking for someone who can threaten defenses with speed and without Beckham that’s really only Cruz. That was a big role that Wilson was going to play, and his absence is going to be more painful than most realize yet.

        Without another speed threat defenses are going to again blanket Cruz and render him relatively ineffective. And those defenses can play eight in the box and hurt the run game too. Add Holliday (which, again, I am not advocating) and you add another speed threat and just maybe loosen up the defense. At this point McAdoo may be grasping at straws. He’s seeing a lot of his plan go up in smoke.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    At worse this like Osi a few years ago. He’s out a few regular season games but short term IR makes no sense because he can play much sooner. Schwartz also looks like he will be able to play sometime in September. So there appears to be no short term IR player. I wonder if we can still tag Taylor as a short term IR guy.

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