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Shurmur: Odell Beckham Jr. Close To Participating In Team Drills

Wide Receiver Medically Cleared For Practice

June 12, 2018 - 12:42 pm
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By WFAN.com

Odell Beckham Jr. did not participate in team drills at the Giants' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, but that could change soon.

Still rehabbing from a season-ending broken ankle suffered last year, Beckham ran routes and took part in individual drills at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. He looked quick, as he made cuts and started and stopped before catching passes.

Coach Pat Shurmur announced afterward that the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has been "cleared to practice" and did not rule out him taking part in team drills at some point this week.

Beckham has attended some, but not all, of the team's voluntary OTA practices this offseason. He was limited to individual work in those as well. 

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There were conflicting reports about Beckham's participation in the minicamp earlier Tuesday. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that the Giants were prepared to announce Beckham's medical clearance, but that the wide receiver would prefer to avoid team reps while he focuses on his conditioning.

Kimberly Jones of NFL Network and WFAN, however, reported: "Everyone is on same page in terms of his not getting team reps this week. No need to rush. Caution was always going to be approach this spring. OBJ’s doctors & NYG medical staff have been in concert since the injury."

New York Daily News sources backed up Jones' reporting, although Shurmur's comments suggest the team is at least hopeful Beckham will participate in some team drills this week.

Of course, there has been plenty of interest in whether Beckham will attempt to skip minicamps or hold out of training camp. But so far, his attendance and participation in offseason sessions has exceeded what he did last season.

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Beckham is set to earn $8.46 million this season, the final year of his rookie contract. He, however, is reportedly seeking a new deal that would make him the league's highest-paid wide receiver.

When asked if Beckham's contract situation is factoring into the decisions being made about his full participation at minicamp, Shurmur said: "I'm not worried about it. Neither is he."

Safety Landon Collins, who underwent a second surgery on his broken forearm in April, also skipped live drills Tuesday.

"We're just taking the precautions, not putting me into the team things, getting my arm caught or anything," Collins said, according to NJ.com. "We're right around the corner from the season, so we're not about to risk anything. It's minicamp. We're not playing for anything right now."