It ain't right.
Odell Beckham Jr. used two more letters to start the sentence, but that was the gist of where the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver stands regarding his bruised quad. Beckham, who was a late scratch from last week's 40-16 victory over the Redskins because of the injury, went for further evaluation outside of the building on Thursday and consequently did not practice.
"We just went in, got it scanned just to see everything, and it's doing much better than it was," Beckham said inside the locker room back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. "Just taking it a day at a time, that's really it."
Meanwhile, the Giants are preparing for a Sunday afternoon home game against the Tennessee Titans. Big Blue is looking to continue its in-season turnaround by winning for the fifth time in six games and might have to do it without one of the most productive players in the NFL.
"I honestly don't know until Sunday gets here," Beckham said. "It's just been getting better each and every day, so just got to figure out what it was. Kind of happened the last play of the Eagles game and I don't know, whatever you want to call it, whatever did it and it's kind of ever since then been lingering around. I just kind of played through it and then it's just aggravated, so we just went in, took some looks, get some tests, want to see exactly what was going on."
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Beckham was leg-whipped on the final play of the Giants' Week 12 game in Philadelphia. He played the following week in the team's overtime win against Chicago, a game in which he threw and caught a touchdown pass, but was limited leading up to the Washington game. On Saturday, the Giants announced he had not made the trip with the team.
"It sucked," Beckham said. "I felt like, all right, it'll get better, it'll get better, and then it was just that part that was like nothing I can do because I remember a game last year in London or whenever we played in London (the Giants defeated the Rams at Twickenham Stadium in 2016), I was hurt back from the Baltimore game and I literally didn't run until warmups and I just couldn't miss it. I just couldn't miss the game, so if I miss a game, then I really miss a game. Of all the things to miss, I wouldn't be trying to miss a game."
Beckham was officially listed as limited yesterday, but after stretching and participating in individual drills, he went off to the side and left the field shortly after the portion of practice open to the media.
"He didn't really do much," Shurmur said. "But by rules and we try to be very transparent, because he did a little bit of that, we put him as limited."
Despite missing Beckham last week in Washington, the Giants raced out to a 40-0 lead in the first three quarters. Safety Curtis Riley sparked the day with a pick-six, and then the offense took off from there. While rookie running back Saquon Barkley was the star of the game, Eli Manning threw touchdowns to three different receivers in Sterling Shepard, Russell Shepard, and Bennie Fowler. All Beckham could do was watch on TV and smile.
"It was a lot of fun, and that's exactly the kind of atmosphere and energy I want to be a part of," Beckham said. "That's what I would love to see more from us. I know that we've been working very hard coming off 1-7 to where we're at now, a lot of progress and that's just the result of it. It definitely would've been fun, but the receivers we have are – we always have receiver nights and stuff like that where we eat and stuff. We had probably one of the best Thursdays of the year and the most fun we had and just great vibes, good times, and they went out and played like that. It sucked being at home watching. I wish I could've been there and watched, but it's fun to see that."
*Riley (wrist) was a full participant again in practice. Veteran tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) was limited after not practicing on Wednesday.
"He's going to do more and more," Shurmur said of Ellison. "We're hopeful he'll be there. Keep in mind also that when we visit sometimes after walk-thru and before practice, sometimes guys coming back from injuries, it's a little bit fluid. After that, then they can do maybe a little more or a little less than they thought. But we're hopeful he'll be there for the game."
Shurmur added: "Rhett is an outstanding football player, and he's been one of those guys that I've gained a strong appreciation for because he does his job. If you play on offense, obviously blocking is certainly part of your job description, even for the quarterback on a reverse on occasion. He's really embraced that and when we throw him the ball, he's caught the ball well."
*Shurmur was asked about young linebackers Tae Davis and Ukeme Eligwe, who have seen more action in recent weeks. "I think they've made progress, and again, we've been playing them because they've been forced into action," Shurmur said. "We've had some little nicks, which happens at linebacker. Tree (Alec Ogletree) had to miss a game. We try to use them all in packages, try to maximize their skillsets, but no, I think they've done a good job. And we're gaining an appreciation for all the players – Tae Davis, I think they've done a good job."
*The Giants had the transaction wire buzzing from September through the first half of November, but since the bye week, it has been relatively quiet. Chalk up the roster cohesion as a reason why several units, including special teams, have played better as the Giants have gone 4-1 since the bye week.