Odell Beckham Jr.'s NFL debut will have to wait at least one more week.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin implied that the first-round pick will not be ready to take the field for Thursday's game against Washington. There had been reports that the receiver would be available to the team for the Week 4 contest despite his not having participated in a full practice since he was drafted by the team in the spring. Beckham has been sidelined by a series of hamstring injuries.
"I think that there's improvement in Odell as there has been every week," Coughlin said on a conference call. "I don't believe he's there, but we're trying to be as patient as we can with the idea being that when we get him back we're going to have him."
In other words, the Giants don't want to bring Beckham back only to have him re-re-re-aggravate the injury. There is a good chance Beckham will begin practicing with the team this week - their on-the-field time will be limited with a short week - and then participate more next week when the Giants begin preparing for the Falcons. That will give him another two weeks of rest before taking the field in what is sure to be a limited capacity anyway based on his small amount of hands-on experience with the offense.
As for the other key injury the Giants are monitoring, Coughlin said middle linebacker Jon Beason will be able to at least attempt to practice with the team this week.
"We're going to see to what extent Jon can be a part of our on-the-field work," Coughlin said.
Beason missed the Texans game after aggravating the foot injury that had sidelined him for all of the preseason. With Thursday's game on natural grass - a more forgiving surface - and Beason having not played for 10 days by the time they take the field in Washington, there's a good chance the captain will be back after missing his first game as a Giant. Having the 10 days off to rest before the next game also seems to give Beason more of a chance to play on Thursday.