There was a time during training camp when New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin was clearly annoyed by the hamstring injury dogging Odell Beckham Jr. and seemed to wonder if the first-round pick was doing everything he could to get back on the field. Well, the injury is still there but Coughlin's annoyance with Beckham is not. Coughlin has turned that toward the media, telling them in no uncertain terms on Monday that he doesn't want to hear any more questions about Beckham.
Beckham said Monday that he appreciates Coughlin's support. The pair apparently had a talk recently about the hamstring injury.
"It's great to have the feeling of your coach having your back and having that talk with him and just having a comfortable feeling and just knowing and understanding that this is something that I have to deal with and when time permits, I will be back out there and ready to play," Beckham said. "It's more comforting to know that, ‘Make sure you get it right. Take your time. We don't know how long that is, but just take your time and make sure that you get it 100 percent this time.' "
Coughlin said it could be two to three weeks before Beckham is ready, and the rookie said Monday he has "no idea" when he will be able to return to practice.
Beckham said he has passed the point of being frustrated by the injury.
"Frustrated? No, not so much frustrated anymore. I'm frustrated that I can't play but not so much frustrated as to what I'm dealing with," Beckham said. "It's just kind of one of those things where it happened and you have to embrace it and just know and understand that you have to do exactly what's best for your body and at the same time, do what's best for the team. Hurting yourself is really hurting the team, so I just try to stay positive and get better every single day."