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Odell Beckham Says He Is “Going In The Right Direction”

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Giants wide receiver still not certain about Monday

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After practicing Thursday, albeit on a limited basis, for the first time since injuring his ankle in Week 2 of the preseason Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants wasn’t ready to declare himself ready to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions.

He said only that he felt “better than yesterday.”

“It’s been getting better over the past couple days. Probably the best I’ve felt yet,” Beckham said. “So, I’m going in the right direction.”

As he did last week, Beckham said he is “I’m itching to get back on the field.”

“I mean, for me, it’s like this is what you do it for. I personally don’t want to get up at 6:30 every morning to get here for 7 o’clock treatment. The days we have off, you’re here at 10 o’clock for treatment. I go home and I do five, six hours of treatment. It’s boring. It’s not fun. Nobody wants to do that and definitely don’t want to work all offseason and everything to get to Dallas and have to sit there and watch,” Beckham said. “I’m itching to get back on the field. Definitely rather be on the field than the training room, I’ll tell you that much. It’s definitely not fun.”

Beckham hoped to play last Sunday, but said “it just wasn’t there” when he tested the ankle before the game.

“It had been three weeks. The injury hadn’t even been a month since it happened. It’s a six- to eight-week thing. Unfortunately, as much as I was trying my hardest to get out there, it just wasn’t enough time,” Beckham said.

“I’m not a doctor, really. I don’t know how long it is. I’m just – there’s guidelines. It could be four to 12 weeks. You never know. Everybody heals differently.”

Will he play Monday night?

“I don’t know. I want to play that bad. It’s going to be, again, what are you going to do. I really couldn’t tell you at this moment,” Beckham said. “I’m working my best to get to 100, so once I do get there, there won’t be any more problems. At the moment, we don’t know. We’re just kind of day-by-day. It’s getting better. So we’re going in the right direction.”

About That Dance Battle

Beckham made light of the reports that he was in a dance battle with NBA star Russell Westbrook at a night club.

“It was a full on dance battle. We were in there break dancing. I had the little beany with the pad on it, spinning on my head. It was incredible to be able to do something like that with Russell. It was everything for me,” he said.

Obviously, Beckham was saying that what was reported wasn’t really what went down.

“I know a dance battle looks good on a title. It’s like, hey a dance battle,” Beckham said. “Everything is good. I know how stuff works now. You can’t really take it personally. It doesn’t bother me.”