- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants' first-round pick in this year's draft, still hasn't practiced with the team since injuring his hamstring on July 22. But according to coach Tom Coughlin, Beckham appears to be making progress toward a return to the field.
"It sounds like he's getting close," Coughlin said Wednesday afternoon, about five hours before the Giants' scheduled training camp practice. "They have him doing a lot of things. They're going to push him a little bit today and get a quarterback to throw to him and see how that goes. So he's getting close. I wish Trindon Holliday was in the same boat. It doesn't seem like he's quite as far along."
Holliday, the kick- and punt-return specialist the Giants signed in free agency, also is out with a hamstring injury and no sure bet to make the roster at this point.
The two new injuries that surfaced for the Giants in Tuesday night's practice were running back Peyton Hillis' sprained ankle, which Coughlin said could keep Hillis out a while, and a knee injury to guard Geoff Schwartz, who will not practice Wednesday evening. Schwartz was in and out of practice Tuesday night and seemed to be dealing with discomfort in his left knee. It's unclear how serious the injury is or how long he'll be out. Weston Richburg and James Brewer subbed in for Schwartz on Tuesday.
As for Beckham, he was able to do more in Tuesday's practice than he had been until then. He stretched with the team, in shoulder pads, and did some running and cutting on the sidelines while the rest of the team practiced -- more activity than we'd seen from him since the injury. He's obviously unlikely to play in Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers, but he has said he intends to play in preseason games, and the Giants do have three more of them after Saturday.
"He's been locked in mentally, been locked in physically in the training room, trying to get himself out there and ready to play," wide receiver Victor Cruz said of Beckham. "He's definitely ahead of the curve from a mental standpoint as far as the game plan. He's locked into everything, knows all our plays. I'm quizzing him all the time, giving him little things to think about while we're out there on the field and making sure he stays locked in. So it's unfortunate that he can't be out there, but his time will come."
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