Beckham Jr’s status unclear
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.”
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.
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.
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. speaks with reporters.