The New York Giants are about as healthy as any NFL team could be expected to be heading into Week 5 of the NFL season. The same can't be said of the Giants opponent Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons. The Giants could get wide receiver Odell Beckham on the field for the first time, and could also see the return of middle linebacker Jon Beason and have only four players on their injury list. The Falcons placed two starting offensive linemen on IR this week, have ruled out starting guard Justin Blalock and slot receiver Harry Douglas.
Tom Coughlin sounds more confident Beckham will play than Beason, at least to my ears. But Beason did say yesterday he expects to play. #nyg— Kieran Darcy (@KieranDarcy) October 3, 2014
Here are the complete injury reports.
P Steve Weatherford (ankle)
WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jon Beason (foot)
LB Devon Kennard (hamstring)
Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will be happy to add Beckham to Eli Manning's arsenal of pass-catching weapons if Beckham suits up on Sunday.
"He's looked good, it's nice to have him out here," McAdoo said on Thursday. "He has a unique skill set, we like the way he can get in and out of routes. He has some explosiveness to him, he plucks the ball pretty well. It will be his first game action, so it will nice to see him out there and we will take it slow with him."
OG Justin Blalock (back)
WR Harry Douglas (foot
WR/KR Devin Hester (ankle)
S Kemal Ishmael (ankle)
WR Julio Jones (ankle)
LB Prince Shembo (knee)
Among the new starters on Atlanta's offensive line will be guard Harland Gunn, just up from the Falcons practice squad.