Beck­ham Jr’s sta­tus un­clear

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.”

McA­doo was asked if he would con­sider us­ing Beck­ham 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.”

Don­ald ac­ti­vated

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 Satur­day, clear­ing the way for the Al­lPro 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.

Sloter up

With start­ing quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford listed as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’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.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FLE PHOTO

Giants wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. speaks with re­porters.

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