ALBANY -- A lot of people are experiencing a lot of emotions while waiting to learn what's going on with Terrell Thomas' knee. One of them is Travis Beckum, who is on the PUP list while recovering from his own ACL surgery and said he was shaken by the news that Thomas and former teammate Jonathan Goff have reinjured (and in Goff's case, torn) their ACLs less than a year after having them repaired.
"But you can't try to progress on your knee and think about that at the same time," Beckum said Thursday. "You've kind of got to blank that out and just work on your [injury]."
There was a time during the offseason when Beckum said he thought he might return for the start of the season. But with the opener a little more than a month away, he hasn't even begun to work on lateral movements.
"If I were to say I wanted to be back by Week 1, that's putting pressure on myself," he said. "And I think that's what happens with these guys. They want to get back too soon, put the pressure on themselves, then come back and re-tear it. I'm going to try to be smart about it."
So is Beckum considering just forfeiting this season -- a contract season, remember -- and focusing on coming back healthy for 2013, either here or with another team willing to take a shot on him?
"You never know," Beckum said. "I'm just taking it day by day. Whatever they want to progress me to, I'm going to do it and just listen to my knee at the same time."
Hixon impresses coach
Domenik Hixon, who also is coming off ACL surgery, capped Thursday's practice with a leaping, tumbling catch over Prince Amukamara in a two-minute drill. Tom Coughlin was impressed, but he also was a little worried.
"If I had scripted it, I wouldn't have done it that way," Coughlin said. "I probably wouldn't have had him in there. You see him go down . . . But he makes an excellent play. Eli gives him a chance to make the play, and he does."
Hixon said he was fine after the play, giving himself a once-over before getting up from the grass. "It was one of those things that you react and play out there and try not to think about it," he said. "Besides me being tired, I'm good. I'm up and running. It was a good feeling."
Of course, considering Thomas' situation, Coughlin and the Giants still are a bit spooked about guys returning from knee injuries. But he was glad to see Hixon make the catch (even if it cut into the number of snaps in the two-minute drill).
"You know he's going to try to make the play," Coughlin said. "This guy is something else. He has no fear. He just went up for the ball and he got it."
Giant stepsWith the regular NFL officials locked out, the Giants were joined on the field by replacement officials . . . CB Jayron Hosley, S Chris Horton and T Matt McCants were carted off the field with cramps and dehydration issues on a hot day . . . Rookie WR David Douglas continued to impress, making a one-handed diving catch on a deep pass . . . CB Brandon Bing and WR Brandon Collins got into a shoving match during practice. Later, LB Mathias Kiwanuka and TE Martellus Bennett exchanged shoves . . . LB Michael Boley (hamstring) missed a fourth straight practice.