NFL: Giants’ Beckham uncertain for Monday.
The question of the day at New York Giants practice Saturday remained: Will Odell Beckham Jr. play Monday night against the Detroit Lions?
The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is hobbled by a high ankle sprain suffered in the second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. He missed last Sunday’s 19-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and was questionable on the team’s injury report Saturday. His participation in the light practice session was once again limited, like it was all week.
Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the situation before Saturday’s workout, but did not shed any light on his top receiver’s availability.
“We’ll see how it goes.” McAdoo said. “We’ll get in there and do a little bit of work (Saturday). Then tomorrow, we’ll go in and have our launch day. We’ll take a look at him tomorrow and see how it goes.
“It’s a medical decision. We’re just seeing his level of confidence and where he is sticking his foot in the ground. Communication is a two-way street. It’s visual and verbal.”
McAdoo was asked if he would consider using Beckham if he wasn’t 100 percent.
“That’s tough to say,” McAdoo said. “The biggest thing is you don’t want to put a player out there that is going to do any harm to himself or injure himself any more than he is. It is an injury. It’s a tough injury. He’s fighting through it and doing everything he can to get back, but we’re going to be smart with him. We’re going to do what’s best for the player.” Donald’s return: Aaron Donald is set to play his first game since ending his holdout from the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams moved Donald from the exempt list to the active roster, clearing the way for the All-Pro defensive lineman to start Sunday against Washington.
Donald returned to the Rams one week ago, ending his four-month holdout after failing
to get a new deal. He is under contract through 2018.
Donald didn’t miss a game while making the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons. He didn’t play in the Rams’ 46-9 victory over Indianapolis last Sunday. Bradford update: With starting quarterback Sam Bradford listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a knee injury, the Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Kyle Sloter from their practice squad.
Backup quarterback Case Keenum would start in Pittsburgh if Bradford cannot play.
Bradford played one of the best games of his career in a season-opening win over New Orleans on Monday. But he was limited in practice this week after coming out of the game with an injured left knee.
The Vikings opened the season with two quarterbacks on the active roster and Teddy Bridgewater on the physically unable to perform list. Chiefs cut Spiller again: The Kansas City Chiefs have again released C.J. Spiller, clearing room to promote fellow running back Akeem Hunt before Sunday’s home opener against Philadelphia.
Spiller signed with the Chiefs in the offseason in an attempt to resurrect his career, which had been derailed by injuries. He looked good in training camp and the preseason but was released in final roster cutdowns on Sept. 2.
That move was a bookkeeping maneuver and Spiller was signed the next day. But he was released again on Sept. 7, signed once more and released a third time Saturday.
Hunt, who is not related to starting running back Kareem Hunt, spent the previous two seasons with the Texans. He’s third on the depth chart behind Charcandrick West and can help on special teams.
Jets moves: The New York Jets promoted defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas and outside linebacker Freddie Bishop from the practice squad in time to face the Raiders in Oakland.
Thomas played in three games for the Jets last season before being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was signed last offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State.
Bishop had 17 tackles while playing the final four games of last season for New York.