The New York Giants saw their injury report decrease by one on Thursday, but that only came by way of safety and special teams ace Michael Thomas, who was excused on Wednesday for a personal issue.
Unfortunately for the Giants, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) and Russell Shepard (ankle), linebacker Alec Ogletree (concussion) and center Spencer Pulley (calf) all remained sidelined.
Head coach Pat Shurmur reiterated his stance on Beckham’s health, saying there is no intent as of now to shut the superstar down for the season. However, he also wouldn’t commit to Beckham playing again this year.
For his part, an uncharacteristically vague Beckham wouldn’t rule out playing in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts, but said his status all depends on how he feels come the weekend.
“If I can play, I’m going to play,” Beckham told reporters on Thursday. “You work to play these games. To be out there. We get up every day, and go to work, get out there and practice hard. I want to play with Shepard, Saquon, finish the season strong.
“I’m trying to take it one day at a time, not looking 10 days ahead. I’m just looking forward to tomorrow, seeing how much more I can do, and how fast I can get back out there.”
Beckham acknowledged that he could further injure himself if he returned too soon, so don’t expect to see the receiver this coming Sunday.
And it would appear a similar fate awaits Ogletree, Shepard and Pulley, all of whom resided on the bikes and in the fieldhouse on Thursday.
If the foursome are unable to take the field on Sunday. Cody Latimer would start in place of Beckham, John Greco in place of Pulley, Corey Coleman in place of Shepard and Tae Davis in place of Ogletree.