Source: Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will test ankle before MNF decision

ByJordan Raanan ESPN logo
Monday, September 18, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s status for Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions remains in limbo. It likely won't be known until 90 minutes prior to the contest whether his injured ankle will allow him to play.

The Giants plan is to have Beckham run through the early pregame warm-ups before a final decision is made on his status, an individual with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. General manager Jerry Reese, coach Ben McAdoo and members of the strength and conditioning, training and medical staffs will monitor his warm-up.

Beckham is dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of a Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. A source described the situation to ESPN's Adam Schefter as "up in the air."

Beckham is officially listed as questionable for the contest.

Giants starting middle linebacker B.J. Goodson is out with a leg injury, per sources. It's a big loss for the team because he had 18 tackles in the opener. Calvin Munson is expected to start.

There is more optimism on the Beckham front than last week. Several teammates told ESPN that they are planning on having Beckham available against the Lions. At this point last week, they didn't think he would play.

Beckham returned to practice this week for the first time since injuring his ankle on Aug. 21 against the Cleveland Browns. He was a limited participant, but he did more as the week progressed.

The Pro Bowl receiver said Thursday that he was dealing with a six-to-eight week injury. But that timetable could vary or change depending on the individual.

Beckham has spent endless hours at the facility and at home treating and rehabbing the injury. Beckham said Thursday he "felt good" and was itching to get back on the field. But the Giants must weigh whether it's worth putting their best playmaker out there if he's less than 100 percent.

"That's tough to say," McAdoo said earlier in the week. "The biggest thing is you don't want to put a player out there that is going to do any harm to himself or injure himself any more than he is. It is an injury. It's a tough injury. He's fighting through it and doing everything he can to get back, but we're going to be smart with him."

The Giants' offense could use Beckham after struggling in a 19-3 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught one pass (in the final moments) for 10 yards. Quarterback Eli Manning threw for just 33 yards in a first half in which the offense produced a grand total of two first downs.

Beckham has led the Giants in receiving each of the past three years. He had 101 receptions for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.