LONDON — Odell Beckham Jr. said when he was growing up he never dreamed he’d be able to play football in London. American football, anyway.
There was a time when his best sport was soccer and playing overseas was a possible future for him.
Now that he’s here with the Giants, though, he seems intent on not allowing his hip injury to stop him from taking the field on Sunday at Twickenham Stadium against the Rams.
“I feel good, I feel better,” the star receiver said on Friday shortly after arriving in London with the team. “Traveling probably doesn’t help but I feel better. I definitely feel better than yesterday. I’m waking up a little more, your body starts to wake up all over, and hopefully there’ll be no issues.”
Beckham was listed on the Giants’ injury report under the now-defunct category of “probable” when an early version was released on Friday. There is no “probable” any longer, and the Giants say that Beckham will play although he would have been limited had the Giants practiced on Friday.
Asked if he was concerned about not playing, Beckham said: “Not so much.”
He also said he believes that the excitement of gameday will help carry him through..
“Last week I made it through by the grace of God and Him giving me the strength, but it was also the atmosphere you’re in, the adrenaline rush that you get, it’ll make the pain and the nagging of it kind of go away,” he said. “Hopefully there will be a lot more of that and I’ll be ready for Sunday.”
Notes & Quotes: The Giants also expect CB Eli Apple (groin), RB Rashad Jennings (thumb), LB Keenan Robinson (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (wrist) and CB Trevin Wade (ankle) to play. LS Zak DeOssie (ankle) is questionable. The Giants ruled S Nat Berhe (concussion), S Darian Thompson (foot) and T Marshall Newhouse (calf) out for the game although they traveled with the team … Rams DE Robert Quinn, who has missed three games with a shoulder injury, has practiced fully the past two days and is questionable.