Odell Beckham Jr. will not make debut this week

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Rookie WR Odell Beckham returned to practice this week, but will not play against the Colts

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Odell Beckham Jr. must wait at least another week to make his NFL preseason debut.

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Although the Giants’ first-round draft choice returned to practice this week, Beckham will not play tomorrow night, when the Giants face the Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium in their third preseason game. The Giants hope to have Beckham on the field next Friday, when they face the Jets.

“He is not going to play,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “Expect him next week, but not this week. There is not enough work.”

Beckham aggravated a strained hamstring early in camp and was idle for most of the next three weeks. He returned to the field this week and worked in team periods for the first time Wednesday and Thursday.

“We have had him for individuals and we have had him for a few plays,” Coughlin said. “When the few plays are run, he looks to be doing fine, but like everybody, they need more repetition, more time on the field. They need to be in that fatigued state to see how they perform then. We need all of those things to take place.”


  • Coughlin said Curtis Painter will be the second quarterback to play tomorrow, following Eli Manning. Ryan Nassib was the No. 2 quarterback in each of the first two games. Painter began working with the second team this week.

    Asked how long the starters will play, Coughlin said, “We will have different individuals who play a little bit more and different individuals who will play a little less, but that is a normal advance right now.”

  • The Giants’ practice yesterday was the last open to the public, the official end of training camp. But even Coughlin admitted it didn’t feel that way.

    “It is, but it isn’t,” Coughlin said. “We still have two preseason games to go (after tomorrow), so the timing is good. The guys that are here and have permanent residences, it is time that they had the opportunity to go home and that type of thing. Our schedule is such that our meetings will remain basically the same. Our days will reflect more of the in-season schedule. For example, a day after a ball game when they come back we are here until 8:30-9:00 o’clock at night because of all the things that need to be done. I think we can wait a while to talk about training camp.”
  • Hakeem Nicks, the Giants’ first-round draft choice in 2009 and a five-year member of the team, now plays for the Colts. He is listed behind Reggie Wayne on Indianapolis’ depth chart.

    “It’s always going to be good to see Hakeem,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “I’m happy for Hakeem. I think he landed in a blessed situation - more important, alongside Reggie Wayne. I’m a longtime friend of Reggie Wayne. I understand his work ethic and his craft. Hakeem having someone above him to lay down the foundation, lay the law down, is going to help him increase his game just that much more. I’m excited to see Hakeem, but there are no friends out there on the field and I know he understands that. I know he feels the same way about us. This is home for him. I’m just looking forward to the game, it’s going to be a great battle.”

  • The Giants will play in Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since Super Bowl XLVI, when they defeated New England, 21-17.


  • The game will be a homecoming for several Giants. Mathias Kiwanuka grew up in Indianapolis and starred at Cathedral High School there.

    “The ticket list is growing,” Kiwanuka said. “I think we’re in the 30s at this point. It’s a unique opportunity to play close to home. It was an expense, but it’s only a couple times that I get the opportunity to play there. I’m just happy and proud that people want to come out and support me.

    “It’s a big deal for me. That’s where I grew up. I spent 18 years of my life there. Lots of family, lots of friends there, so you want to take advantage of the situation for them to come and to see you play and perform. I’ve been gifted to have been able to do this for a long time and I’m appreciative when people still want to come out and support me.”

    Safety Stevie Brown was raised in Columbus, Ind., about 35 minutes from Indianapolis. Brown also played for the Colts as a rookie in 2010. He’s expecting a personal cheering section of close to 30.

    “Everybody that’s going to be there has a No. 27 jersey,” Brown said. “My grandparents will be there, my dad will be there, my brother will be there, my best friend, his whole family, his girlfriend, a lot of my good friends from school, one of my favorite teachers from school, her family will be there. So it’s going to be a big crowd. It’s always special when you get to go home.”

    Painter was raised in Vincennes, Ind., and played at nearby Purdue University. He also played for the Colts from 2009-11.

    “I’ll have quite a few family and friends, it will be nice to see,” Painter said. Asked if any of them will be sporting a No. 17 jersey, Painter said, “I don’t think so. Maybe my nephews.”

    The Giants and Colts are meeting in the preseason for the second year in a row. Last Aug. 18, the Giants lost at home to the Colts, 20-12, and now trail in the series, 8-5. That was the teams’ first preseason meeting since the Giants defeated the Colts in Indianapolis, 26-20, on Aug. 11, 1984 – the year the Colts moved from Baltimore.