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Washington-New York Giants injury preview

Alfred Morris briefly left Sunday's game with a knee injury but is in good shape for Thursday. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Notable injuries for Thursday night's Washington-New York Giants game.

Washington

Alfred Morris, RB, knee (P): Morris never seemed to be in doubt of missing this game, but it’s nice to have the probable tag as reassurance. He did leave last week’s game briefly to have his knee evaluated but was able to return and finish the game. He was listed as a full participant in practice each day this week. Even though Monday’s practice was just a walk-through, the designation is significant because it indicates the team would have been comfortable putting him through an entire workout the day after the purported injury. Morris is expected to play Thursday night.

DeSean Jackson, WR, shoulder (Q): Jackson entered last week’s game with a questionable designation but ultimately played, seemingly without any setback. Jackson suffered an AC sprain in Week 2, and on Tuesday I wrote about the issues potentially facing him with that injury and the decision to let him play. With the short break between games, one of the primary objectives for Jackson this week was rest. His limited practices each day were a factor in ensuring he would be ready to go against the Giants. Despite the questionable tag, Jackson is expected to play.

Jordan Reed, TE, hamstring (O): Reed will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury. He has not participated in practice since suffering the injury in Week 1. The team will have 11 days until its next contest, a Monday night game, but Jordan is no lock to return in Week 5.

Giants

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, hamstring (O): Considering some of the injury issues other teams are facing, the Giants have been remarkably fortunate when it comes to the health of their key skill position players. One player they have yet to see in action is Beckham, who will miss his fourth straight week with a hamstring injury. Before the season, coach Tom Coughlin indicated that repeated setbacks with the hamstring injury that sidelined Beckham early in camp would likely keep him out a few weeks. There is a glimmer of hope, though. Beckham did return to limited practices Tuesday and Wednesday. If he is able to increase his activity over the next week, it’s possible Beckham could make a debut in Week 5, a game he is targeting according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Given how up and down Beckham’s hamstring situation has been, it remains to be seen if that target will be met.