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'Almost that time' for Giants' Odell Beckham Jr.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.,

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a first0round draft pick, prepares to stretch at minicamp, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP

Forget about catching touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr. wasn't even healthy enough to celebrate when other people scored.

On Sunday, the rookie wide receiver watched the Giants' preseason debut on television and when his roommate Corey Washington caught the game-winning 73-yarder, Beckham had to restrain himself.

"I didn't want to jump around or do anything," Beckham said with a smile. He was afraid of causing more damage to his sore hamstring.

Beckham will miss a second preseason game on Saturday, but he feels he is "definitely getting close" to returning to the field. He would not commit to a return to action next week when the Giants regroup from their game against the Steelers, but that would seem to be a likely scenario. In the last several days, Beckham has been running and cutting on the side during practices.

"It's almost that time," he said.

Holding him back now is not the hamstring but the threat of re-injury. Just like it reined in his celebration on Sunday. Coming back too soon could cause more damage to that tricky leg muscle.

"With a hamstring, it's that last leg that you need," he said. "You feel like you're good to go but you're just not there yet. You rush back out there and you risk putting yourself back out with an injury."

Beckham said he doesn't yet feel he can reach "top top speed," but said he believes he will be able to once he overcomes the injury.

"I definitely feel that once I get back out there I'll feel comfortable with it and you allow yourself to open up," he said.

And maybe even celebrate a few of his own touchdowns.

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