The trajectory for Jon Beason's return to the field seemed to be aimed at Thursday night's game against Washington. He practiced last week, felt better the day after, and then didn't play against the Falcons on Sunday.

But Tom Coughlin put the brakes on that thinking with a little bit of uncertainty on Monday.

"He'll continue even though there really isn't a lot of practice time," Coughlin said of preparations in a short week. "I'm sure they'll continue to work Jon on the side or whatever and just see where he's at. Hopefully he'll continue to improve and then we'll maybe get some kind of a word going forward here."

The Giants certainly could use Beason, who was voted the team's defensive captain. Uani 'Unga has stepped in and played every snap of the first two games in his place, but he's still just a first-year player in the NFL. Beason's presence would give the defense a centerpiece, especially late in games when they need stops.

"Whenever Jon is back, it'll be definitely a huge plus for us," fellow linebacker Devon Kennard said. "It'll definitely benefit us just because he's such a leader, he really knows how to control the defense and get things under control."

As for the other injured Giant who has yet to see a snap this season, Victor Cruz seems an even longer shot to play on Thursday. He's been sidelined more than a month with a calf injury.

"Nothing has been said differently about his status except the fact that they continue to extend his work, and they're pleased with that part of it," Coughlin said. "He's been running, as I told you, on the treadmill in the water. He's been doing that and he's been doing some running out on the grass."

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As Coughlin has said in the past, though, the clock for Cruz's return does not officially start until he is able to practice with the team. And there is no telling how much longer that will take.

Coughlin did not have updates for the players who were injured on Sunday, including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion) and Ereck Flowers (ankle). As for Dwayne Harris, who left the game after a fourth-quarter punt return, Coughlin said he was having issues with his toe but was not sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery for further tests. In this season of Giants injury news, that may be a positive.