The cavalry is getting closer to returning for the New York Giants. Well, at least part of the cavalry. Offensive lineman Will Beatty, out since suffering a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights with the team during the conditioning portion of off-season workouts, expects to practice on Wednesday when the Giants begin preparations for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Beatty told Newsday's Tom Rock that "the wait is over."
Beatty has been on the PUP list while he rehabs. There is no official word as to whether Beatty will begin to practice this week or whether the Giants will have him continue his rehab. Once he returns to practice the Giants have a 21-day window to activate, IR, or release him.
"I did everything I could to get out there on the field health-wise and conditioning-wise," he said. "I've been hitting the targets, no setbacks. Now it's time for the next step. But I haven't been through this before so I can't tell you what's going to happen. They haven't given me too much information other than there is a Monday night game, we'll be back [in the building] on Tuesday, and get ready to go."
Beatty being activated to play against the Cowboys seems nearly impossible. It is, however, good news that he appears to be on schedule for a return to action at some point in the next few weeks.
It seems pretty apparent that, given the current structure of the Giants' lineup, that at whatever point he is ready for full-time duty Beatty would likely replace Marshall Newhouse. Af for whether it would be Beatty or Ereck Flowers, both left tackles, moving to the right side, who knows? At least, however, debating the topic is becoming realistic.