EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On the first official day of regular-season practice, Odell Beckham, Jr. stayed back in the shadows as the Giants began preparations for Week 1.
New York's star receiver rode an exercise bike in the "injury area" in the shade by the team's field house as the rest of the team opened practice Monday morning, apparently still nursing his sprained ankle. He rode the bike as the team stretched, then went inside to work with trainers as the team began practice.
Not surprisingly, head coach Ben McAdoo offered little insight into whether Beckham will be available when the Giants play the Cowboys in Dallas in six days.
"He's working with the training staff, getting treatment," McAdoo said. "We'll see how he responds. He did some work today. We'll see how he responds tomorrow morning."
Asked if Beckham is even able to any running yet, McAdoo said, "He's doing everything that they ask him in the training room. If he's ready to go on Sunday we'll play him. If he's not, we won't."
Beckham has not practiced with the Giants since spraining his ankle during their preseason game in Cleveland on Aug. 21, and the team has said very little about his condition ever since.
There is optimism within the organization that he will be able to play in the opener, according to several sources, but not any certainty. He did go through some warmups last Thursday night before the Giants' preseason finale in New England. However he is still limited in what he's able to do.
The team does not have to issue an official injury report until Wednesday, after their next practice, and it doesn't have to declare Beckham's status for the game until Friday.
One other consideration McAdoo will have to make is whether playing a not-quite-fully-recovered Beckham is too big a risk. If his ankle is not fully healed, it might make more sense to sit him so it doesn't put any future games in jeopardy.
McAdoo said "It's too early to talk about" that yet.
"That's a medical question," he said. "If he's cleared to play medically then we'll play him. If he's not, we won't."
Meanwhile, several other injured Giants were able to participate in practice, including cornerback Eli Apple (ankle), receiver Brandon Marshall (shoulder), receiver Tavarres King (ankle), defensive tackle Jay Bromley (knee) and cornerback Michael Hunter (concussion). Linebacker Keenan Robinson remained in the concussion protocol and worked out with trainers on the side.
Apple and Bromley were both limited, according to McAdoo. Marshall declined to discuss specifics on the shoulder injury he suffered on Aug. 21, but said it's "nothing that should hold me back" on Opening night.