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Monday, August 18, 2014
Practice report: More Beckham intrigue

By Dan Graziano

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. has been making steady progress in his return from the hamstring injury that cost him the first few weeks of training camp, and the hope has been that the New York Giants' first-round pick would be cleared to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Jets. That may still happen, but there was a sign during Monday's practice that Beckham's not all the way back just yet.

Beckham looked fine returning punts and taking some snaps with the offense in team drills, but after one catch he got up gingerly, went to the sideline and seemed to be flexing his leg a bit. He did not return to the field for the remainder of practice, instead standing off to the side and watching with his helmet off.

Naturally, we asked what was up. But coach Tom Coughlin said he didn't know anything about it, and a team spokesman said Beckham had told the Giants he was fine. One person I talked to told me Beckham had been hit in the leg on the play, but that there was no recurrence of the hamstring pull.

So it appears as though they may have dodged a bullet on this one, but stay tuned just in case, will ya?

Here are some other thoughts following the Giants' Monday practice: