Earlier this week, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he wasn’t overly concerned with the injured quad of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who missed practice on Thursday to undergo further evaluation at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
However, when Beckham returned to the locker-room following Thursday’s practice, he didn’t appear quite as optimistic as his coach.
“That’s a tough question,” Beckham told reporters when asked if he could play in Week 15. “I don’t even know how to answer that question. I wouldn’t have missed last week, if I could play. So, I don’t specifically know. If I had pads and a helmet on and the game was about to start in five minutes … I don’t know. I’m not in that position.
“I don’t know. It’s like saying ‘I broke my leg,’ but you really fractured it. It’s a choice of words. Whatever you want to call it. ain’t right.”
When Friday rolled out, Beckham remained sidelined, missing practice for the second consecutive day. And when asked about the superstar’s status, Shurmur shifted gears from just 24 hours ago, officially ruling Beckham out in Week 15.
“Odell is out and will not play this Sunday against the Titans,” Shurmur told reporters. “There were no setbacks, he just can’t go.
“He is a very valuable member of this team and the challenge is for the guys to play well in his place. Last week, they did that.”
More to come…