Good­son, Odell ques­tion­able

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY JOHN HEALY

was both­er­ing Good­son be­fore, clar­i­fy­ing that it oc­curred in Fri­day’s prac­tice.

“It hap­pened (Fri­day) and he got sore as prac­tice went on,” McA­doo said. “We pulled him out.”

Fri­day’s prac­tice, the long­est of the week, was es­pe­cially gru­el­ing, ac­cord­ing to some play­ers.

“If he’s not able to go it’s next man up,” said Ja­son Pierre-Paul. “B.J. is a good line­backer, but at the end of the day, in this game of foot­ball you have to stay healthy and in­juries hap­pen.”

Good­son led the NFL in Week 1 with 18 tack­les, so even if he plays it will be worth watch­ing if he is at all hin­dered by the in­jury.

“Eigh­teen tack­les, that’s a lot of tack­les, man,” Pierre-Paul said. “Hope­fully he’s able to go. We’ll see come Mon­day night.”

Mean­while, whether or not Beck­ham plays still re­mains the big­gest ques­tion. The wide re­ceiver was pro­jected as lim­ited in Satur­day’s walk­through, but McA­doo said whether or not he plays will be a med­i­cal de­ci­sion and it sounds as if they are han­dling him with cau­tion. “The big­gest thing is we don’t want to put a player who is go­ing to do more harm or in­jure him­self more than he al­ready is,” McA­doo said. “It’s a tough in­jury and he’s fight­ing through it and do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to get back.”

Beck­ham cat­e­go­rized his in­jury as a “six to eight week thing” on Thurs­day but it is clear the Gi­ants need him back on the field af­ter mus­ter­ing just three points against the Cow­boys in Week 1.

Beck­ham’s pres­ence and im­pact can ex­tend be­yond the of­fense, too.

“Odell is a spe­cial per­son. He’s the best wide re­ceiver in the league,” Pierre-Paul said. “Any­body with a spe­cial tal­ent can lift up the whole team.”

But Pierre-Paul also warned that while Beck­ham can lift the whole team, the Gi­ants can­not rely on him alone.

“That’s not what team is,” Pierre-Paul added. “Team is ev­ery­body com­ing to­gether play­ing as one. We can’t de­pend on one guy oth­er­wise you’ll never find your­self in the same place. Odell is a spe­cial kind of player and hope­fully he’s ready to go. If not, the next guy has got to step up.”


@ 8:30 P.M. CH.11/ESPN

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