Banged-up Beckum may sit Sunday

Travis Beckum

Travis Beckum

#47 TE
New York Giants

2011 STATS

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Travis Beckum couldn't finish practice on Friday because of a right hamstring injury.

The same injury may keep him off the field Sunday.

"I'm just hoping for the best," Beckum said.

Beckum tweaked the hamstring in a practice earlier this week. He made it through the early portion of Friday's practice before the injury flared up again.

The injury is of particular concern because Beckum injured his left hamstring in the preseason and was forced to sit out of the first preseason game. Different leg, same body part.

When asked about it Friday, Beckum couldn't say why he's been so hamstrung by hamstring injuries.

"I thought the first time it could have been my alignments in my back but I don't know. I'm questioning that too," he said, adding, "I hope it doesn't turn into something big."

Beckum will spend time stretching his quad and strengthening it in the pool over the weekend. If he can't go, that means Jake Ballard and Bear Pascoe will get more reps against the Redskins.

Beckum is considered to have better hands than Ballard and Pascoe but Ballard has surprised some members of the team's staff with his pass-catching ability.

The Giants are looking for one, two of all three of their tight ends to fill the void left by Kevin Boss, who left for Oakland via free-agency in the offseason. Beckum caught 13 passes for 116 yards last season, in a variety of roles. But that total was 22 fewer than Boss hauled in.

Jerry Reese, in defending his decision not to resign Boss, said last month that Beckum was capable of catching 35 passes this season -- the same number Boss caught.

But it's going to be hard to do that if he's not on the field.