EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** Will Beatty's season is finished before it began.
Tom Coughlin announced this morning that Beatty, the left tackle who started all but one game from 2012-14, will remain on the reserve/physically unable to perform list (PUP) for the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury. Beatty is ineligible to play in a game or participate in practice.
"He has an issue with a rotator cuff on the right side that's going to require some surgery, so he remains on PUP," Coughlin said. "He's had an issue with that for quite a while."
Beatty was placed on PUP at the beginning of training camp after tearing a left pectoral muscle while lifting weights on May 19. He subsequently underwent surgery.
Beatty and the Giants had hoped he would return to the field for the season's final seven games, beginning Sunday at home against unbeaten New England. On Oct. 21, he began working in individual drills in practice. That began a three-week time period during which the Giants could activate him or keep him on PUP. Today was the deadline for the Giants to activate Beatty, but the rotator cuff injury prevented them from doing so.
"And on his behalf, he's practiced and he's worked hard to try to see what he was able to do with it," Coughlin said. "It's just not going to be something that will allow him to be the player that he can be. So that's why the decision."
Coughlin said the shoulder issue is not related to the pectoral injury.
"It's a new injury based on, as he began to work in the offseason and strength was such as issue, that this other thing cropped up, and they did all the work on it," Coughlin said. "He was trying to see what he could do with it. He wore a strap and so on and so forth, but it just wasn't enough."
In Beatty's absence, rookie first-round draft choice Ereck Flowers has started at left tackle in all but one game, which he missed with an injury.
Photos of Giants left tackle Will Beatty