Odell Beckham Jr. underwent thousands of dollars of tests from millions of dollars of machines and any number of highly educated doctors and specialists to evaluate the extent of the quadriceps injury that forced him to miss last week’s game against the Redskins and imperils his participation in Sunday’s must-win contest against the Titans.
His conclusion? That it “ain’t right.”
That’s about as technical as Beckham wanted to get when he spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since the contusion first became public knowledge last Friday. It was that day when he first went to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for a scan of the injured area. On Thursday, he returned there for more imaging to compare to the baseline.
Beckham said Thursday’s trip across the river was based on “the way it was feeling,” which he said was “much better than it was.”
“Go check it again to see if there is anything, if there is progress, if they’re seeing the same thing,” Beckham said. “Just felt like it was the right thing to do, to check on it . . . just as a comparison. Let’s see what it looks like now. That’s kind of what it was. A double-check, a check-up, that kind of thing.”
Said Pat Shurmur: “We’re just getting it checked out. It doesn’t mean anything.”
Asked if Thursday’s tests gave Beckham any “peace of mind,” the receiver gave no hints about his prognosis.
“Yes and no,” he said. “Being in a doctor’s office isn’t fun. Knowing that there is something going on isn’t fun. But I’ve got a peace of mind just in general about everything in life.”
Beckham would not say exactly what the newest film showed, nor would he say with any certainty what his availability will be for Sunday. The Giants will announce their injury report for the game on Friday, but they might not have a decision on Beckham until just before kickoff on Sunday.
“I honestly won’t know until Sunday gets here,” he said. “If I had on pads and a helmet and the game was about to start in five minutes, I don’t know. I’m not in that position right now . . .It’s just a timetable thing, and whenever it’s better, I’ll definitely be out there. I don’t even like missing practice. Whenever I can run, I’ll be running.”
Beckham and the Giants thought he’d be able to do that last week. He suffered the initial injury against the Eagles in Week 12 when he was leg-whipped on the final play of the game. He played the following game against the Bears, throwing and catching a touchdown pass in an overtime win. He hadn’t even missed a practice until last Friday, and even then, the team believed he would play against Washington. He wasn’t even given a designation on the injury report. On Saturday, however, he was downgraded to out.
“I felt like it’ll get better, it’ll get better, and then there was that point where it was like there’s nothing I can do,” Beckham said of last weekend’s events.
He said there was no collision in practice that worsened the injury.
“Honestly, it was just feeling something, so let me just speak up,” he said. “I feel like a younger me wouldn’t have spoken up or said anything and then I would have went out and it could have been worse. But I went and got it checked, we saw whatever we saw, and we’re just kind of going from there.”
The Giants' offense had its most prolific game of the season on Sunday without Beckham as receivers Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard and Corey Coleman all contributed to the 40-16 win. Beckham said he enjoyed watching it on television but wished he could have been there.
“If I miss a game, then I really miss a game,” he said. “Out of all the things to miss, I wouldn’t be trying to miss a game.”