EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. has been making steady progress in his return from the hamstring injury that cost him the first few weeks of training camp, and the hope has been that the New York Giants' first-round pick would be cleared to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Jets. That may still happen, but there was a sign during Monday's practice that Beckham's not all the way back just yet.
Beckham looked fine returning punts and taking some snaps with the offense in team drills, but after one catch he got up gingerly, went to the sideline and seemed to be flexing his leg a bit. He did not return to the field for the remainder of practice, instead standing off to the side and watching with his helmet off.
Naturally, we asked what was up. But coach Tom Coughlin said he didn't know anything about it, and a team spokesman said Beckham had told the Giants he was fine. One person I talked to told me Beckham had been hit in the leg on the play, but that there was no recurrence of the hamstring pull.
So it appears as though they may have dodged a bullet on this one, but stay tuned just in case, will ya?
Here are some other thoughts following the Giants' Monday practice:
They seemed to throw deep a little more than usual Monday, and also to Mario Manningham a little more than usual. I still don't see any burst from Manningham, and I don't think his knee is right, but they're trying to find out. As Coughlin said, "There's a continuous battle right now to sort out who's going to be the playmakers. Who are they?"
The Giants played around with different offensive line combinations at practice, appearing to switch off between Weston Richburg and Geoff Schwartz at left guard with the first-team and second-team offenses. Schwartz has struggled a bit with a knee issue in camp and had a rough game Saturday night in Indianapolis, but it would still be a surprise to see Richburg take his spot after the Giants went out in free agency and signed Schwartz. Coughlin cautioned against reading too much into it. "Different combinations are good," he said.
Prince Amukamara (groin) was in pads and stretched with the team but didn't participate in drills. Tight end Daniel Fells (knee) and return man Trindon Holliday (hamstring) returned to practice following lengthy injury absences, though Holliday didn't do much. Tight end Kellen Davis (Achilles), offensive lineman James Brewer (back), tackle Charles Brown (shoulder), running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and tight end Xavier Grimble (hamstring) all sat out.