Odell Beckham Jr. A Game-time Decision

Will he or won’t he play?

That’s the question on everyone’s mind who has an interest in tonight’s Giants-Cowboys regular-season opener as the New York Giants’ top receiver, Odell Beckham Jr, continues to aggressively rehab from a sprained ankle suffered three weeks ago.

Beckham, who didn’t do much running or cutting in the weeks following his injury, made the trip with the Giants to Dallas, where he is expected to test his ankle out prior to the game.

Earlier this week, Beckham, who said he’s been feeling better, tried to sound optimistic about his chances of playing, saying he wouldn’t count out that possibility. “My heart – it’s just not going to make this easy. I can say that it’s a day-to-day thing – really trying to get better. It’s been two weeks. I’m itching. I’m itching, but just patience and trusting.”

He also refused to confirm if he had a high ankle sprain or if his healing process was taking longer than anticipated, saying, “I knew what it was when it happened. It’s just a matter of how fast you can get back. I think we’re on a tremendous path. So, like I said, it’s really – it’s getting and we’ll see when the time comes around.”

While the Giants and Beckham are clinging to hope that the receiver is far enough along in his recovery to play, both ESPN and the NFL Network have painted a gloomy picture of Beckham’s likely availability.

 

In addition to deciding if Beckham will be good to go, the team’s medical staff must also determine if any live action might leave Beckham open to undoing the weeks of rehab he’s already put in, therefore putting additional games in jeopardy.

If that is the case, the Giants would then be wise to sit Beckham for this week and hope he returns for the team’s home season opener a week from Monday against Detroit.

If Beckham, who last year played in his first 16-game season since entering the NFL in 2014, can’t go, the Giants will probably start Roger Lewis in his place.

Unlike last year, when Beckham was pretty much the only consistent player in the team’s passing game the Giants have added tight end Evan Engram and receiver Brandon Marshall to the mix.

Still, that doesn’t make Beckham feel any better or less antsy, especially as he has his sights on becoming the highest paid player in the game one day soon.

“I had probably one of the longest offseasons ever in my life and I feel like this camp, this season coming up, there was no better season that I would have,” he said.

“So, it’s just unfortunate, but it really was just a little setback for me to come back. Whatever. However you want to look at it, I just know I’m in a good place and trying to get there day to day just being patient.”