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Injured Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to Tom Coughlin: I feel your pain, coach

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. removes his

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. removes his helmet during practice on the second day of minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Odell Beckham Jr. told coach Tom Coughlin Tuesday morning that he shares his frustration over the hamstring injury that has kept the first-round draft pick off the field for almost all of training camp so far.

"We had that talk today," Beckham said. "I know that I'm new and we don't know each other that well -- over time you get to know people. The bad part about it is that your first impression is one that lasts forever."

The good part is that the hamstring injury likely won't.

The Giants receiver underwent tests on his right leg on Monday night that revealed "heavy inflammation and blood in the hamstring," typical signs of a strained muscle. The medical staff told him he's day-to-day.

"It didn't surprise me," Beckham said of the results. "I knew how it felt when I stepped on [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's] shoe. I felt a little pinch. I know that it's not full-go, but I know that I'm doing whatever I can to get back out there."

Beckham initially injured the hamstring in the spring and missed most of the organized team activities and minicamp. He came into training camp feeling strong, but in that first practice of the season he got tangled up with Rodgers-Cromartie and tweaked the old injury.

"With hamstrings, there's always that stuff that gets built up and it takes a while to get out," he said. "I'm sure that there was still something there, not that you could see or note just from looking at it. But it's one of those things that once you start digging deep you find out about it."

Beckham also said that he has had hamstring issues in the past and attributed it to his sprinter's background. His mother was a track star at LSU.

"They say you have to be fast to pull a hamstring," he said. "I've pulled a hamstring before. It's not the first and it probably won't be the last. It's just a bump in the road."

Coughlin has voiced his mounting irritation in the week that Beckham has spent on the sideline, but has been careful to delineate between displeasure with the injury and with Beckham.

"I see his frustration and he sees our frustration," Coughlin said. "Don't make anything more of it than it is. It's a coach wanting a player on the field and a player wanting a player on the field."

Coughlin told Beckham that he will "earn the respect of your teammates" by studying the offense during his convalescence. Beckham was on the field briefly Tuesday fielding punts (he did not return them, only caught them during the drill) and working with a pass-throwing machine.

"It's tough to sit there," he said. "It's not the funnest thing in the world to try to learn the playbook without actually getting to act on it."

Beckham said he thinks he'll be cleared in time to participate in a few preseason games, although not Sunday's opener at the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Until then, he and Coughlin will have to share their dismay as well as their view of the action from the sideline.

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