Odell Beckham Jr. returns to practice
Odell Beckham Jr. was able to practice with his teammates Thursday for the first time since spraining his left ankle Aug. 21, but offensive salvation from his presence still may have to wait.
The wide receiver revealed Thursday that the original prognosis for his injury was six to eight weeks. It will be four weeks Monday when the Giants play their home opener against the Lions.
“It could be four to 12 weeks,” Beckham said when asked about that initial time frame. “You never know. Everybody heals differently.”
Beckham does a lot of things differently. That’s why the Giants missed him so much in the opener against the Cowboys. When it comes to healing, though, Beckham is relying on some harsh lessons from his first injury in the NFL. As a rookie in 2014 he missed the first four games when he hurt his hamstring, then tried to return too quickly.
That said, Beckham clearly wants to play Monday night and put this episode behind him.
“I personally don’t want to get up at 6:30 every morning to get here for 7 o’clock treatment,” he said. “The days we have off, you’re here at 10 o’clock for treatment. I go home and I do five, six hours of treatment. It’s boring. It’s not fun. Nobody wants to do that, and you definitely don’t want to work all offseason and everything to get to Dallas and have to sit there and watch. I’m itching to get back on the field. I’d definitely rather be on the field than the training room, I’ll tell you that much.”
He got a taste of it Thursday, when he went through early warm-up drills with the team and took a few team reps later in the workout.
“It felt good just to be back out there,” Beckham said. “When you put that helmet on, it’s a different mode.”
Buccaneers ready to start season against Bears
Jameis Winston concedes it felt a little strange watching the rest of the NFL begin the season while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were scattered around the country for an unscheduled bye imposed by Hurricane Irma.
When the young quarterback finally takes the field Sunday in the team’s delayed opener, Winston will not have taken a snap in a game in three weeks.
Other key players, including receivers DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans, defensive tackle and former Southeast High School and OU star Gerald McCoy and linebacker Kwon Alexander, will line up against the Chicago Bears without having played since Aug. 17.
“I went through a tough time watching, but I really wasn’t thinking about myself,” Winston, who left town to wait out the storm with family in Alabama, said.
“I was thinking about what we were going through — what the people in Florida were going through, what the people in Houston went through because at the end of the day everything is bigger than football,” the third-year pro added.
Rusty or not, the Bucs say they have no excuse to not play well against the Bears (0-1), who dropped their debut with Winston’s former backup, Mike Glennon, at quarterback 23-17 to the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons.
Tampa Bay’s scheduled opener at Miami was moved to Nov. 19, meaning the Bucs will play 16 consecutive weeks to close the regular season.
“At the end of the day, nobody really cares about us playing 16 games or our starters not playing (preseason) games,” Winston said. “Our job is to come in here and play football, and that’s all.”