Beckham practices on limited basis, won’t speculate on playing vs. Lions
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beckham Jr. is getting closer to returning to the New York Giants’ lineup.
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Bowl receiver, who missed the season opener in Dallas, practiced on a limited basis
Thursday for the first time since spraining his left ankle more than three weeks ago.
Beckham actually took two steps in his recovery. He took part in some individualized drills and followed that by running routes at “not high speed” and taking some mental reps at the end of practice in preparation for Monday’s home opener against the Detroit Lions.
The 24-year-old catalyst of the Giants’ offense said there are still some movements that irk his ankle.
“Day by day it is getting better so we are going in the right direction,” said Beckham, who said the recovery time for his type of ankle injury can last two months. That would indicate a high ankle sprain.
Beckham had not practiced since spraining his ankle in a preseason game on Aug. 21. He would not speculate on whether he would be able to play this week, but admitted he is looking forward to playing in prime time, if the ankle is ready.
“It’s a matter of getting to the point where you know you are confident in it (the ankle) and it is confident in itself,” he said. “Then you can go and not worry about it. Until that moment comes we are being smart with it.”