Could injured New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. actually be making a tiny bit of progress in his long-awaited recovery from a hamstring injury? Beckham was actually seen doing some less-than-full-speed running on Thursday, the first time reporters have seen him do anything more than stand still and catch passes.
Beckham was listed among six Giants who did not practice on Thursday, since whatever work he did was on the side. There was, of course, no update from coach Tom Coughlin -- who has basically issued a moratorium on Beckham questions.
Here is the complete injury list.
Did not practice -- Beckham (hamstring), Jon Beason (foot), James Brewer (back), Devon Kennard (hamstring), Markus Kuhn (ankle), Steve Weatherford (ankle).
Limited practice -- Charles Brown (shoulder), Cullen Jenkins (hip)
There has to be some concern about Beason, who played in the season opener after missing the entire preseason with a broken sesamoid bone in his foot. Coughlin told reporters that trainers "think he will play" Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Coughlin also said Beason's absence from practice was unexpected.
"I didn't know he wasn't going to go," Coughlin said.
The Giants have been through these lingering foot issues with players several times in recent years -- Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks and Prince Amukamara come to mind. Knowing that history, it isn't difficult to imagine that the foot will continue to be an issue for Beason throughout the season.
Punter Steve Weatherford is reportedly going to try to kick on Friday.