New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will not play Friday against the Jets, Giants coach Tom Coughlin announced Tuesday.
Beckham, the No. 12 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, returned to practice last week following an offseason hamstring injury, but sat out practice Tuesday with soreness in the same hamstring. He has missed the first three preseason games so far.
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The rookie said he was optimistic the soreness was not a sign of re-injury, but rather part of the recovery process.
“We have progressively built up my workload,” Beckham said. “I was sore this morning, and I didn’t work today because we didn’t want a setback, and I don’t consider this a setback. I see it as another step in getting back to full strength.”
Coughlin said Beckham played well during Monday's practice, and he was surprised to hear of the soreness Tuesday.
“I didn’t even realize ... because one of the last plays of practice [Monday], he caught a pass and ran down the sideline and looked pretty darn good,” Coughlin said. “But he evidentially was sore this morning. They don’t feel like it’s a re-injury, but they’re going to continue to be cautious if that’s what it takes."
As a junior at LSU last season, Beckham had 1,152 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Beckham's last chance to play in a preseason game will be on Aug. 28 against the New England Patriots. The Giants open the regular season on Sept. 8 at the Detroit Lions.
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