EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. left practice early Thursday with what the team originally believes was cramping.
Beckham talked with a trainer and then jogged inside as the Giants began the team portion of practice. He did not return.
“It looked like he was cramping,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “But I’ll have to go in and check out and see what the final word is.”
Beckham is already dealing with injuries to his left ankle and right index finger. He dislocated the finger Sunday in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pro Bowl receiver also tweaked the ankle that forced him to miss the opener and be limited in Week 2.
“Football. Banged up,” Beckham said Wednesday. “We had a tough game, a tough loss. But got some days until Sunday to recover and get right. But, don’t feel great.”
Considering Beckham jogged into the team facility early in Thursday’s practice, it did not appear to be anything serious. He was walking around the locker room later in the day without any noticeable ill effects.
The latest injury concern comes on the heels of the latest Beckham firestorm where he revealed that Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves told him after the game that they knew the routes the Giants receivers were going to run. This was considered by some a critique of McAdoo’s offense, and a sign of predictability.
“Your interpretation of what Odell said and mine are entirely different,” McAdoo said. “Teams do a good job scouting the opponent. That’s a part of gamesmanship. We have things to counteract it, and it paid off for us in the game. Every defensive back thinks they know what you're running until they don't. Unfortunately, we didn’t win the game.”
Beckham had seven catches for 90 yards, including a key 42-yard reception against Hargreaves in the fourth quarter. The Giants finished with 379 yards of total offense.
"I know we were able to get almost 400 yards of offense in the game and no turnovers and a couple touchdown passes, one which put us ahead late in the game. And also the player that was talking to you was actually the same player that Odell beat on a 42-yard double move," offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. "So I don’t know how much stock I can take from those type of accusations, if you will, as far as what opponents are saying."
The Giants don't seem all that concerned with their offense's predictability, even if they're only averaging 15.0 points per game during the first four weeks and they haven't topped 30 points in a game since the 2015 season.
“There is no defense for the perfect throw and the good route,” McAdoo added. “I think if we do what we’re supposed to do from an execution standpoint and the throw is on time and where it’s supposed to be, we should be able to complete the ball. And we are one broken tackle away from taking one to the house, especially when Odell is the receiver.”
Beckham has 20 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns in three games this season. The 42-yard reception was his longest of the year.