EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. has taken yet another step towards his return to the Giants.
The star receiver was out on the field again on Friday as the Giants began their second full practice of the week, participating in all the individual drills during the half hour the practice was open to the media. He was joined by right tackle Bobby Hart, who missed practice on Thursday with his own sprained ankle.
Beckham had returned on Thursday and was officially listed as "limited." He was limited again on Friday.
"He responded well to treatment," Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said. "He responded well to his work yesterday. Got a little bit more today, but he's still limited."
Added offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan: "He's done what we've asked him to do."
Beckham was joined by two other injured Giants - right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion), who both returned to practice on a "limited" basis. Robinson participated while wearing a non-contact jersey. Hart, who's ability to start on Monday night against the Detroit Lions is in question, is day to day, McAdoo said.
As for Beckham, there seems to be a lot of optimism in the Giants organization that he will play on Monday night against the Lions, though no one is sure how effective or limited he will be. Just in case, though, their keeping their opinions open again if he can't.
"Well, you sit there and you have a contingency plan," Sullivan said. "You hope that things are going to work out and you try to see how that could unfold. And then, just see who might be able to fit in that particular role and then how it would affect the defense and then what are some other concepts that, again, wouldn't necessarily give you the same effect because obviously it's hard to replicate that after having a playmaker like Odell. Then, have those contingency plans and hope for the best come Monday night."
"Listen, we are prepared for the future, but we take a lot of things day-to-day, and this is one thing that we take day-to-day," McAdoo said. "We'll get him the work that he needs and he can handle. Put him with the trainers, the medical staff, through the rehab and the conditioning and see how he wakes up the next day. If he improves, then he'll have a chance to do a little bit more. If he doesn't, then we will pull back a little bit. But it's a day-to-day thing."
The Giants may have to do the same on the offensive line if Hart is unable to go. He sprained his right ankle early in the Giants' 19-3 opening-day loss to Dallas and, as a result, played a terrible game. If he can't go on Monday night the Giants don't have many options to replace him. The expectation is they would move left guard Justin Pugh to right tackle and insert Brett Jones at left guard.
But the Giants coaches are obviously declining to say exactly what they plan to do.
"We had other guys on the roster filling in, moving around different places, different guys fitting into some different places," Sullivan said. "So we feel good about that. We'll see how it all unfolds here (in) a couple more days."