Any time Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t practice, it causes a bit of a frenzy amongst Giants fans. In this case, it doesn’t look like they ought to be overly worried though.
Beckham missed Wednesday’s practice with the hip pointer injury he suffered in the Giants’ 27-23 win over the Ravens, per head coach Ben McAdoo.
“He didn’t practice today,” McAdoo said. “He was out today. He was pretty sore.”
McAdoo wouldn’t say if he was concerned about Beckham missing the game, but one Giants player told the Daily News he wasn’t worried about the injury keeping the star wide receiver out.
“Yeah, he’s fine,” the teammate said, adding that he expects Beckham to suit up against the Rams in London on Sunday.
Beckham suffered the hip pointer injury mid-way through the second quarter of the Giants’ win over Baltimore on Sunday, but later returned to the game and caught a 75-yard touchdown and a 66-yard touchdown. McAdoo confirmed that it was that same injury from the game that caused the receiver to miss Wednesday’s practice and not anything new.
“We’ll take it day by day,” McAdoo said. “He was with the trainers today, we’ll see how it responds when he gets up in the morning tomorrow.”
The coach indicated that Beckham doesn’t not necessarily need to practice at all during the week in order to play on Sunday.
“No, if he’s ready to play in the game, he’ll play in the game,” McAdoo said.
Beckham did not speak to the media on Wednesday.
Obviously, he’s a critical part of the Giants’ offense. And that was more evident than ever in Sunday’s win when he battled through the hip injury to explode for two monster touchdowns, including one that bailed out the Giants from a late deficit.
Sitting at 3-3, the Giants need Beckham to be on the field for them. But they also need him to keep his cool, which is now a question virtually every week. It might be particularly difficult this week, because the Rams were the team that Beckham first brawled with back in 2014, before teams knew that the star receiver was so easily baited.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher lamented the 2014 fight and said his players have been told not to cause any extracurricular problems with Beckham.
“We’re going to play between the snap and the whistle and that’s it,” Fisher said Wednesday. “We’ve got great respect for their players. Odell, he’s an outstanding competitor and you just look at what he did in the second half to win that game [vs. Ravens]. No, we’re not going there. Our guys are going to play hard and play fast, tackle and have been instructed not to hurt the football team.”
Of course, saying it before the game and actually having no fireworks during the contest are two different things — especially for the notoriously dirty Rams that employ Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator. But McAdoo dismissed the notion that the Rams played outside the rules.
“No, they look like a sound football team,” McAdoo said. “I don’t see any extracurricular on tape.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News