With their 2017 regular-season opener less than four days away, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr (ankle) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion) remain sidelined by their respective injuries.
Beckham and Robinson both warmed up with the team at the start of practice. However, following the warmups, each player went off to the side with a trainer to continue their respective rehabs.
Beckham, who from a distance looked as though he had tape on his lower legs, ran some straight-line sprints, though not appearing to do so at full speed. He also tried to do some short shuttling with his legs before breaking into his stride, but didn’t push things.
During Wednesday’s open locker room session, Beckham, injured August 21 in the Giants preseason game at Cleveland, sounded hopeful but unsure if he’s be ready to play Sunday night.
“I don’t know,” he said when asked where he was in terms of being medically cleared. “Whenever they clear it, then we’ll be cleared. So, it’s just kind of – it’s really a day-to-day thing. I feel better than I did yesterday. I feel better than I did the day before yesterday. So, it’s progress.
Beckham, who also revealed that he’s done some cutting, did sound conflicted when asked if he saw himself playing Sunday.
“I wouldn’t count it out,” he said. “My heart – it’s just not going to make this easy. It’s been two weeks. I’m itching. I’m itching, but just patience and trusting.”
Head coach Ben McAdoo, who has delivered the same answer every time he’s been asked about Beckham, was asked if there was a chance Beckham could play even if he wasn’t at 100 percent.
“if it is safe for the player to play and he is not going to do further harm to himself physically, then we would think about playing him,” the head coach said, adding “but I have never put a player out there who would do further damage to himself physically.”
This is Robinson’s second time in the concussion protocol this year, albeit for the same concussion. He was initially cleared to return to practice after a week in the protocol, but on August 18, he left practice early and was later announced as being back in the protocol where he’s been ever since.
Robinson has of late made progress in that he’s been able to run and do work outside, which would suggest he’s in the latter stages of the protocol, but he’s not over the hump just yet and would seem to be unlikely to play Sunday night.