EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants held their annual conditioning test Monday, the day before their first training camp practice of 2014. Other than veteran guard Chris Snee, who announced his retirement earlier in the day, pretty much everybody was able to answer the bell.
The Giants said linebacker Jon Beason would be the only player to begin training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list, which is no surprise given that he's recovering from a broken foot. Beason has said he hopes to be ready by Week 1, and playing him on the training camp PUP list does not affect that hope. He can practice at any time after the team's doctors clear him medically. The only reason for the active/PUP designation is that it keeps the team's options open in case they end up wanting to place him on the reserve/PUP list to start the regular season. At this point, they hope they don't have to do that. Beason was on the sideline watching his team go through its conditioning test Monday afternoon.
Updates on other Giants injuries and assorted issues:
Left tackle Will Beatty, who broke his leg in the 2013 season finale and missed organized team activities and minicamp, has been cleared to practice on a "limited" basis, according to coach Tom Coughlin. Beatty ran with the rest of the team Monday, a strong positive sign that he'll be able to practice Tuesday afternoon. The Giants will monitor him closely due to the seriousness of the injury and his history of slow recoveries.
Offensive lineman John Jerry, who's one of the candidates to start in place of Snee at right guard, did not run, but nor was he put on PUP as Beason was. Coughlin said Jerry also would be "limited" in practice after missing OTAs and minicamp due to arthroscopic knee surgery. Jerry, Brandon Mosley and possibly rookie center Weston Richburg are candidates to replace Snee. Coughlin said Mosley was likely to get first crack at it when the first-team offensive line took the field Tuesday.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham, who's got a bad knee and missed spring practices as well, also has been cleared to practice on a "limited" basis, Coughlin said.
Quarterback Eli Manning didn't run with the team instead throwing on a different field with coaches. "He didn't run last year, either," Coughlin said of Manning. This is a case of two Super Bowl MVP trophies buying you special perks, folks. Manning said the ankle he had surgically repaired in April was "great, 100 percent, not an issue at all," which is no surprise since he was able to practice as normal in minicamp last month. He won't be limited in any way in training camp by the ankle issue.
First-round pick Odell Beckham, Jr., who missed some spring practice time with a hamstring injury, is also cleared for practice. The rookie wide receiver will be used on offense and on returns in camp.
The Giants signed undrafted former Auburn guard John Sullen to replace Snee. Sullen was one of several players who tried out for the Giants during their June minicamp.