EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the second straight day, as his teammates went through training camp practice, New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stood on the sidelines, twirling a ball in the air with his hands and chatting up wide receivers coach Sean Ryan. Beckham wears a uniform and a helmet, but he does not practice because his hamstring still hurts. If you're looking for a prediction on when he'll return to the field, don't ask his coach.
"You know as well as I do," Tom Coughlin said after Thursday's practice, when asked about a timetable for Beckham's return. "Let's face it: I don't want it to be like it was in the spring. We need to get him out on the field."
Beckham, the Giants' first-round pick from this year's draft, sat out a significant portion of spring practices due to hamstring issues. He practiced with the team Tuesday, the first day of training camp, but he injured the hamstring again during that practice and has not worked with the rest of the team since.
The Giants plan to practice in shells Friday, take Saturday off and then practice in full pads Sunday. The first preseason game is still 10 days away, and the first game that counts is still 46 days away, so Beckham has time to recover. But the Giants would like to see him on the field and operating in their new, high-speed offense before too much more time elapses.