Beck­ham’s sta­tus still un­cer­tain for Mon­day

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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 whether the star pass catcher would be able to play.

“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.”

Vikings pro­mote QB

With start­ing quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford listed as ques­tion­able for to­day’s game with a knee in­jury, the Min­nesota Vikings have 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 vic­tory over New Or­leans on Mon­day night. 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 only two quar­ter­backs on the ac­tive ros­ter and Teddy Bridge­wa­ter on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list.

Chiefs re­lease Spiller

The Kansas City Chiefs have again re­leased vet­eran C.J. Spiller, clear­ing room on the ros­ter to pro­mote fel­low running back Akeem Hunt be­fore to­day’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 as part of fi­nal ros­ter cut­downs on Sept. 2.

That move was merely 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 on Satur­day.

Around the league

• 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.

• The New York Jets pro­moted de­fen­sive line­man Lawrence Thomas and out­side line­backer Fred­die Bishop from the prac­tice squad. The team also said that line­backer Ed­mond Robin­son was waived/in­jured. Both Thomas and Bishop will be el­i­gi­ble to play against the Raiders to­day 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.

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