This would be the ideal week for the Giants to get Odell Beckham Jr. back on the field. But it hasn't been an ideal kind of season, has it?
Tom Coughlin all but ruled out the first-round pick who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the spring. Jerrel Jernigan (foot) was placed on injured reserve this week, and Beckham would have stepped into Jernigan's role in three-receiver packages. Instead, Coughlin said, Preston Parker will fill that role.
Beckham continued to run on a side field while the rest of the team practiced.
"He'll be right there learning, et cetera, et cetera, working on the side, but he won't take any snaps," Coughlin said.
As for the other key injury facing the Giants this week, Coughlin did not commit to how he would replace Jon Beason, who missed practice after aggravating the foot and toe injury that sidelined him for the entire preseason. Coughlin even left the door open for Beason to play Sunday against the Texans.
"I wouldn't put anything past this guy," Coughlin said.
J.J. doing what?
The Giants may have more to worry about when it comes to J.J. Watt than just his defensive play. The All-Pro defensive end lined up as a tight end and caught a touchdown against the Raiders on Sunday. Coach Bill O'Brien said there could be more offense in his future.
"I think that is somebody that, whether it is goal line or the normal part of the offense, I can see us using him more and more moving forward here," he said.
Eli Manning on the mood of the team at 0-2: "I think everybody's suffering. No one enjoys this scenario." . . . The Giants were granted a two-day roster exemption for G Eric Herman, whose four-game suspension for violating the league's old policy on performance-enhancing drugs was dismissed as a result of the new policy. They must decide what to do with Herman by 4 p.m. Friday. CB Jayron Hosley continues to serve his four-game suspension for violating the substance- abuse policy . . . DT Markus Kuhn (ankle) practiced fully for the first time this season . . . CB Trumaine McBride, a starter at outside cornerback last year, will play the slot while Walter Thurmond III is on injured reserve. "I'm just a football player," McBride said. "Whether it's outside or inside, I'm ready to play wherever."