Will Beatty could easily have been on injured reserve, working to come back from a broken foot that has eaten up most of the season. But instead the second-year tackle is still on the active roster (though he hasn’t been “active” since the opening game when the injury occurred) and rehabbing for a return to action this year. This month, in fact.
“They want this to be within the month of November that I’m expected to be back on the field,” Beatty said today.
That gives him a few weeks from today’s milestone, when he was on the practice field for the first time since the injury. He stretched with the team and did some jogging and agility drills on the side. He said his foot felt good, but the real test will be to see how it feels tomorrow.
“Each day we’re just going to progress slowly and slowly until hopefully I get back on the field soon,” he said. “It’s just making sure the conditioning is right, my body is right. There was no torquing since the injury so we have to slowly get back into that. It’s not just ‘Ok, you can go now, practice.” It’s making sure you start torquing it a little bit and things like that.”
A lot was expected of Beatty this season. The Giants were giving him every chance to win the starting left tackle job during the summer, but David Diehl beat him out (actually in a complicated algorithm of personnel, Rich Seubert played well enough to keep his job keeping Beatty on the sideline). Now, when he does come back, he’ll have to find a place. The Giants have used Shawn Andrews effectively as a back-up tackle and as the sixth offensive linemen when they need him. They also have Kevin Boothe, whom they have to make a decision on by next week regarding his coming off PUP. Where does Beatty fit in?
Hard to say. But Beatty did say he is appreciative of the chance to get back on the field this year, in whatever capacity that may be.
“It was unfortunate the injury I had and when it happened, but the fact that they gave me the chance to get back on the field is good,” he said. “I want to show them that I’m not taking it lightly and I’m not just playing around. When I do get back I want it to be like I never left, there was no down time.”