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New York Giants tight end Travis Beckum #47

New York Giants tight end Travis Beckum #47 catches a pass in front of safety Antrel Rolle #26 during practice. (Aug. 17, 2011) Photo Credit: Joe Epstein

Tom Coughlin grimaced when asked if tight end Travis Beckum will be able to practice this week.

“I would hope so," said the coach who appears to be losing patience with Beckum's steady string of injuries, "but I don’t have the answer for that.”

Neither did Beckum, whose hamstrings tightened on him during Friday’s practice causing him to miss the game on Sunday. Coughlin said one of the reasons the Giants’ offense was ineffective on Sunday was because Beckum was not available after having practiced all week.

Beckum said that he’s had issues with his hamstrings that haven’t completely gone away since he was a senior at Wisconsin. He said he suspects that it stems from compensating for another muscle, but he has no other soreness and doesn’t know which muscle that might be.

“I know the coaches want to get me back," Beckum said, "but when you sit down and think about the best way to heal a hamstring, it's rest. It's one of those injuries that you don't want to keep trying to hurry back from."

Beckum was expecting big things this season, and general manager Jerry Reese even said that he should be able to compensate for the 35 catches Kevin Boss made last season.

Of course Boss hasn't played yet this year for the Raiders either. So far the two players are neck-and-neck.

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