EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin knows the question is coming every day, but he doesn't have to like it. When the New York Giants coach is asked for an update on first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., he shakes his head and usually his arms and conveys the most Coughlinian levels of exasperation.
"You'll know before I know," Coughlin said to the poor soul who felt he had to be the one to ask Friday about Beckham, who missed a third straight practice with a hamstring injury. "He seems like he's frisky out there. Today, he was catching the ball off the machine and moving around a little bit out there."
But that's it. While the Giants practiced in shoulder pads for the first time this training camp, their rookie wide receiver worked on a back field, catching short passes off a JUGS machine but not doing anything resembling real running. The Giants don't practice Saturday, and there's no indication as to whether Beckham will be back on the field when they return Sunday. At this point, they're waiting for him and the doctors to tell them he's OK to go, and no one seems to know how long it's going to be.
On the bright side, since there's no practice Saturday, at least Coughlin won't have to answer the Beckham question.