Beck­ham

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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.”

McA­doo was asked if he would con­sider us­ingBeck­ham if he wasn’t 100 per­cent phys­i­cally.

“That’s tough to say,” McA­doo said. “The big­gest thing is you don’t want to put a player out there that is go­ing to do any harm to him­self or in­jure him­self any more than he is. It is an in­jury. It’s a tough in­jury. He’s fight­ing through it and do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to get back, but we’re go­ing to be smart with him. We’re go­ing to do what’s best for the player.”

Ear­lier in the week, Beck­ham called his in­jury a “six- to- eight week thing.” The in­jury took place four weeks ago.

“As bad as I wanted to play ( last Sun­day night in Dal­las), it just wasn’t there,” Beck­ham said after prac­tice Thurs­day. “As much as I was try­ing my hard­est to get out there, it just wasn’t enough time. If it’s hurt­ing, the doc­tors are go­ing to hold you. I want to play that bad. I’m work­ing my best to get to 100 ( per­cent), so once I do get there, there won’t be any more prob­lems. At the mo­ment, we just don’t know. We’re just kind of day to day. It’s get­ting bet­ter, so we’re go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

When asked Thurs­day if he could play Mon­day night, Beck­ham replied, “I can’t tell you that right now, but I’m try­ing my hard­est, that’s for sure. I’m look­ing for­ward to it. Prime- time game on Mon­day night, you want to be in it.”

Beck­ham also said he doesn’t want to rein­jure the an­kle and have a set­back.

“You can set your­self back for an­other five to six weeks,” Beck­ham said. “I don’t have that lux­ury right now. So it’s a mat­ter of get­ting to a point where you know you’re con­fi­dent, where you can go and you don’t have to worry about it. Un­til that mo­ment comes, we’re be­ing smart with it and stay­ing on top of it.”

Start­ing cor­ner­back Janoris Jenk­ins, who prac­ticed Satur­day after deal­ing with hand and an­kle injuries, knows how im­por­tant Beck­ham is to the Gi­ants’ for­tunes.

“I think it gives them ( the Lions) a sign of re­lief,” Jenk­ins said. “At the end of the day, it’s about be­ing healthy when you’re on the field. Un­til then, we’re just go­ing to play great de­fense. Hope­fully the of­fense will come along­with­or­with­out Odell. We’re go­ing to con­trol what we can con­trol.”

De­fen­sive end Ja­son Pierre- Paul agreed that the Gi­ants are a dif­fer­ent team with Beck­ham.

“Odell is a spe­cial per­son,” Pierre- Paul said. “He’s the best wide re­ceiver in the league. At the same time, we have to do what we have to do if he can’t go. If Odell can’t go, he can’t go. Only Odell knows if he can go. I feel like any­body with a spe­cial tal­ent like that lifts up the whole team. You can’t look to­wards one guy to

lift up a team. We can’t de­pend on one guy, other­wise you’ll never find your­self in the same place. Odell is a spe­cial kind of player and hope­fully he is able to go, but if he’s not, the next guy has to step up. That’s ba­si­cally what it is.”

Mean­while, start­ing mid­dle line­backer B. J. Good­son didn’t prac­tice. The sec­ond- year pro, who made 18 tack­les in the loss to Dal­las, left Fri­day’s prac­tice with a lower leg in­jury. Good­son is ques­tion­able along with Beck­ham and re­serve of­fen­sive line­man D. J. Fluker ( shin).

The list­ing of the Good­son in­jury seemed to come out of nowhere Satur­day morn­ing.

“It’s some­thing that has been both­er­ing him over the last cou­ple of days,” McA­doo said. “The in­jury hap­pened ( Fri­day). It got sore as prac­tice went on, so we pulled him out.”

Line­backer Keenan Robin­son was ruled out of Mon­day’s game as he goes through the con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

Start­ing right tackle Bobby Hart’s sprained an­kle im­proved enough to have Hart taken off the of­fi­cial NFL in­jury re­port. Hart prac­ticed fully Satur­day, as did de­fen­sive tackle Jay Brom­ley ( knee), cor­ner­back Jenk­ins ( hand, an­kle) and wide re­ceiver Tavar­res King ( an­kle).

McA­doo be­lieves his team will be ready for its home opener Mon­day night.

“We had a great week of prac­tice,” the sec­ond- year head coach said. “( Fri­day) was a tremen­dous day. Our tempo was good and the en­ergy was good. We had some phys­i­cal­ity and we had some things to clean up like we al­ways do after prac­tice.”

TOM CANA­VAN — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New York Gi­ants wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­hamJr. speaks with re­porters in the locker room at NFL foot­ball team’s train­ing fa­cil­ity, Thurs­day 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 froma sprained left an­kle by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the in­di­vid­ual seg­ment of prac­tice.

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