The Giants were officially eliminated from the playoffs last week after their loss to the Titans. So it would make sense that star WR Odell Beckham Jr., who is battling a “hematoma” as he called it, to sit out the rest of the season, right?
Not in his eyes.
“If I can play, I’m going to play,”‘ Beckham said on Thursday after not participating in practice again. “It’s just the bottom line. You dreamed of being here, you dedicated, gave everything to be here, so you do all this to play games. As much fun as meetings are and all that other stuff, like you do this to play games, so if I can play, I’m in.”
Beckham has missed the past two games with his ailment, and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better as he continues his rehab process instead of practicing. And head coach Pat Shurmur is on his side with trying to get healthy for Sunday’s contest against the Colts on the road.
“At this point, I think it’s a player’s responsibility to do everything they can to get on the field and get back into games,” Shurmur said. “We’re coaches and players, and we play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, so it’s important that we do everything we can to show up.”
But why risk the chance to further the injury?
“You work to play these games and to be out there,” Beckham said. “These same guys, we get up everyday, we got to work, get out there and practice hard. You want to play with your brothers. I want to play with (Sterling) Shep, Saquon (Barkley), finish the season strong.”
“There’s risks, but there’s risks to anything.”
Beckham, who was named a second alternate for the 2019 Pro Bowl earlier this week, has recorded 1,052 yards on 77 receptions with six touchdowns over 13 games this season. It is the fourth time in his career he has eclipsed 1,000 yards.
But that isn’t enough for Beckham, who doesn’t believe he would finish the season strong if he had to sit out the final two games. After all he has been through this past offseason through training camp to get back to the playmaker the Giants needed him to be, he wants that exclamation point on the end of his season.
“You get to play with your brothers,” Beckham said. ” Like we started back in July and regardless of our record, I always believe in finishing strong. I don’t feel like I’ve got to finish strong being out the last two weeks, but this is why you do it. You play for these people next to you, so like I said, if I could play, I’m going to play.”