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Coughlin wants Odell Beckham Jr. on the field

Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants runs drills

Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants runs drills during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Mike Stobe

The only thing that bothers Tom Coughlin more than silly stretches designed to reduce the number of soft-tissue injuries are soft-tissue injuries themselves. So while the coach was grumbling about having to cut practice short on Thursday, he really was upset with first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr.

The wide receiver missed a second straight practice with a hamstring injury after missing most of the spring with the same issue. Coughlin did not have a timetable for Beckham's return, but sooner rather than later seemed to be his preference.

"Let's face it, I don't want it to be like it was in the spring," Coughlin said. "We need to get the guy back out here and get him back on the field."

Beckham tweaked his hamstring in the first practice of camp when he ran a deep route and got his feet tangled with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

While Coughlin clenches over the matter, general manager Jerry Reese seemed more resigned to having these kind of problems with such a highly tuned athlete.

"Obviously there's some concern about that," Reese said of the injury on Wednesday. "But you see that in some younger players sometimes. They get out there and they're a little bit nervous, a little bit anxious, and that happens to them. This guy has that track speed so hopefully he can get back out there pretty quickly because we're expecting big things from him."

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