Don't count on Jon Beason playing Thursday night just yet. But don't count him out either.
The Giants listed the starting middle linebacker and defensive captain as "doubtful" on the final injury report Wednesday before traveling to the game against Washington.
Beason, who missed Sunday's game against the Texans after aggravating a foot and toe injury that had sidelined him all of the preseason, traveled with the team and likely be a game-time decision. He participated in the last two practices on a limited basis and was limited in Wednesday's brief workout.
In injury report parlance, "doubtful" means there is a 25 percent chance or less that the player will be active.
Besides Beason, the injury report lists WR Odell Beckham Jr. and LB Devon Kennard as out with hamstring injuries; T Charles Brown (shoulder), T James Brewer (back) and CB Zack Bowman (quad) are listed as questionable; and P Steve Weatherford (ankle) is probable.
New Washington coach Jay Gruden and his staff haven't even bothered to look at film of the Giants' offense from 2013. "We scrapped last year's tape," he said this week. "It's this year. And obviously Green Bay."
New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo may have roots in the Packers system, but how much of a facsimile are the Giants running this season? "Every offense is its own living, breathing animal," McAdoo said. "You may start in a certain direction but it kind of goes where the players are. Every offense is built around the players."
"You can go in any direction you want, but you have to do what the players do best."
McAdoo and Giants quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf were on the 2004 Saints staff under coach Jim Haslett, who is now the defensive coordinator for Washington. Langsdorf was an assistant receivers and assistant special teams coach. McAdoo was a quality control coach for the offense. It was his first job in the NFL . . . The Giants added WR Juron Criner to their practice squad. He replaces WR L'Damian Washington.