Beck­ham prac­tices on lim­ited ba­sis, won’t spec­u­late on play­ing vs. Li­ons

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By TOM CANA­VAN The As­so­ci­ated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Odell Beck­ham Jr. is get­ting closer to re­turn­ing to the New York Gi­ants’ lineup.

The three­time Pro

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.”

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