Beckham’s status still 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 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.