New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is trending in the right direction after he was back on the field Friday with the team. The fourth-year pro has been out with an ankle injury, one he suffered against the Browns during the preseason.
Beckham, who missed the season opener against the Cowboys, has been given a timetable to return of six-to-eight weeks, though suiting up for Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions appears realistic.
“He responded well to treatment,” coach Ben McAdoo told ESPN. “He responded well to his work [Thursday]. Got a little bit more [Friday], but he’s still limited.”
Come Monday night, it’ll be four weeks to the day that Beckham sustained the ankle injury.
“I personally don’t want to get up at 6:30 every morning, get here for 7 o’clock treatment. The days we have off, I’m here at 10 o’clock for treatment. I go home, I do 5-6 hours of treatment,” Beckham said on Thursday. “It’s boring. It’s not fun. Nobody wants to do that and definitely work all offseason and everything to get to Dallas and have to sit there. So I’m itching to get back on the field.”
Beckham’s presence was sorely missed on Sunday night, evident by Eli Manning having no downfield threat. The offense mustered a mere field goal en route to a 19-3 loss.
Beckham is coming off a 101-catch, 1,367-yard campaign that rung in Pro Bowl honors for the third straight season. Though his vitality to the offense is never a question, it was proven once again during Week 1’s porous showing.