Beck­ham prac­tices on limited ba­sis

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - SPORTS - By Tom Canavan

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

The three-time 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 night’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 started stretch­ing with his team­mates dur­ing warmups last week.

For the past three weeks he has been show­ing up for treat­ment at the team head­quar­ters at 7 a.m. and later go­ing home for an ad­di­tional 5-to-6 hours of treat­ment.

“It’s bor­ing,” he said. “It’s not fun. No­body wants to do that. I def­i­nitely didn’t want to work all off­sea­son and ev­ery­thing and then go to Dal­las and sit there and watch.”

Beck­ham would not spec­u­late on whether he would be able to play this week. He 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.”

The Giants’ of­fense was limited to 233 yards in the loss to the Cow­boys on Sun­day night.

“We had a bad game,” said Beck­ham, who warmed up be­fore the game and felt his an­kle was not ready even though he wanted to play. “They lost the first game last year. It’s one game. I am for sure not pan­ick­ing.”

He also down­played a re­port in a New York City tabloid that he was in­volved in a dance off in Man­hat­tan last week with Rus­sell West­brook of the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der.

“It was a full-on dance bat­tle, man,” a straight­faced Beck­ham said. “We were in there break­danc­ing. I had the lit­tle beanie with the pad on it spinning on my head. It was in­cred­i­ble to be able to do some­thing like that with Rus­sell. It re­ally was ev­ery­thing for me.”

When asked point blank, Beck­ham said the re­port mis­char­ac­ter­ized what hap­pened.

TOM CANAVAN - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New York Giants wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. speaks with re­porters in the locker room at NFL foot­ball team’s train­ing fa­cil­ity, Thurs­day, Sept. 14, 2017, in East Ruther­ford, N.J. Beck­ham, who has not prac­ticed since sprain­ing his an­kle in a pre­sea­son game on Aug. 21, took the next step in his re­cov­ery from a sprained left an­kle by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the in­di­vid­ual seg­ment of prac­tice.

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