Odell Beckham Jr. has been around track and field his whole life, so he’s not foreign to lower body injuries. The rookie wide receiver missed Thursday’s OTA with a sore hamstring — the severity is unclear and prognoses are conflicting. Either way, injury is a scary notion.
How Beckham described his current physical condition:
“if we were at practice tomorrow, I’d probably practice tomorrow.”
“Just sore, my hamstring is just tight. It was a little sore on Tuesday, but two days after that I’m feeling pretty good. It was toward the end practice and it just started tightening up so I got off it.”
Coach Coughlin shared a different outlook, expressing concern that Beckham might need to be held out of the remaining OTA sessions on June 9-10 and June 12-13. Mandatory minicamp begins on June 17th.
Uh, oh: Coughlin says Odell Beckham could be out for a lengthy amount of time this summer because of his leg problem.
— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) June 5, 2014
Coughlin said Beckham’s soreness may not be just a one-day thing. With mini-camp two weeks away, that’s not good. — Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) June 5, 2014
A versatile and refined route runner, the Giants are expecting immediate contributions from OBJ. This is particularly true if the Giants’ negative tone surrounding all things Rueben Randle this offseason wasn’t simply a smokescreen.
You can already hear the moans and groans of “Fragile” Ike Hilliard part II. However, teeth grinding is not necessary at this point. Training camp is still seven weeks away. Giants Nation, I don’t think we need more analysis today, he might be back on the field Monday. Let’s not turn the post into a panic.
Regardless, it’s important to note that your first round pick did sustain an injury that has a history to linger in athletes known for their speed. That said, as a Giants community let’s all wish @OBJ_3 a recovery as speedy as his own intense gridiron gifts. Get well soon Odell Beckham Jr!
Sincerely G-Men HQ.