Steve Weatherford's high ankle sprain is the type of injury that normally would sideline a football player for weeks, not days. But a few days is what Weatherford expects it to take for him to return.
"I'm cut from a different cloth," the muscle-bound punter said Wednesday after missing practice. "I think my agility with this ankle is probably the same as the rest of the 31 other punters so I'm on an even playing field now."
Still, if Weatherford is unable to play on Sunday, it will take two men to replace him. Kicker Josh Brown would handle the punting and quarterback Ryan Nassib would hold on field goals and extra points.
Brown's last legitimate NFL punt was in 2004 which, as he pointed out, was before most of his Giants teammates were even in college. "If there's a need be, I'm comfortable," he said. Nassib said he hasn't held since high school. Prior to this week's crash course, he learned all he had to know about holding from watching "Ace Ventura."
The Giants are banking on Weatherford being able to play on Sunday, even if he can't practice this week.
"I was able to get through the game Monday and that was encouraging so worst case scenario I know I can get the ball off," Weatherford said. "We're not looking for me to just get the ball off. I'm not going to tell Jerry Reese and Tom Coughln I'm ready to go unless I know I can help my team and can be as good as I can be."
Beckham watches, waits
Odell Beckham Jr., inactive with a hamstring injury, watched what should have been his NFL debut Monday night on TV in New Jersey with his dad.
"It's definitely disappointing, definitely frustrating," he said.
"It [stinks] that you can't be there."
The first-round pick did not practice Wednesday but did make some progress, getting on the field to catch punts with the team. He said right now he is trying to "get comfortable with running" again after so much inactivity.
"Slowly but surely," he said of his return. "There's no due dates or anything yet."
DT Cullen Jenkins (hip) did not practice and said his injury will be re-assessed Thursday. "I hope it's not much," coach Tom Coughlin said . . . T James Brewer (back), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring) and DT Markus Kuhn (ankle) also were sidelined at practice. LB Jon Beason (foot) and T Charles Brown (shoulder) were limited . . . DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who left Monday's game briefly with a neck injury, was not on the Giants' injury report yesterday.