Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will make his season debut Monday against the Detroit Lions after he tested his sprained ankle during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium.
Beckham will tape his ankles for stability for the first time in his career, according to ESPN's Eric Lundsten. Before the game, he was catching passes from quarterback Eli Manning and was seen stretching with strength coach Aaron Wellman alongside cornerback Janoris Jenkins and offensive guard D.J. Fluker.
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The 24-year-old receiver suffered the injury when he took a low hit from Cleveland Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun in New York's second preseason game. Beckham admitted this week that the injury had a recovery timeframe of six to eight weeks.
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said on Friday that Beckham "responded well to treatment," and the Giants were more confident this week that Beckham would play compared to last week.
Beckham did not practice in the week leading up to New York's season-opener. He tested his ankle on the field before the game by running routes, stretching and working with Wellman, but the Giants ruled him inactive 90 minutes before the game.
Beckham has totaled 288 receptions for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns in 43 games since New York drafted him 12th overall in 2014. He missed the first four games of his rookie season due to injury, missed one game in 2015 due to a suspension and played all 16 games last year.
Jenkins, who has been dealing with ankle and hand injuries, and linebackers Keenan Robinson (concussion) and B.J. Goodson (leg) were ruled out for Monday's game. Quarterback David Webb, tight end Matt Lacosse, running back Wayne Gallman and defensive end Avery Moss are also inactive.