EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham stayed inside, away from the prying eyes of the media, as the Giants practiced on Monday afternoon. But his teammate, Olivier Vernon, said Beckham was "in high spirits" and he was apparently walking around the locker room as if his ankle was fine.
Still, the Giants preferred to keep their star receiver's sprained ankle cloaked in mystery as they returned to practice for the first time since Beckham's injury on Monday night. Giants coach Ben McAdoo again refused to provide an update, except to confirm that he's "getting treatment" and the team is taking it "day by day."
But even though Beckham's status for the Giants' opener on Sept. 10 is in doubt, Beckham's demeanor has given his teammates a positive outlook on how quickly he can return.
"You never want to see a teammate go down, especially in a preseason game," Vernon said after practice on Wednesday. "But I know Odell in high spirits right now and we're going to have him back."
"I think he's going to be smart with his rehab and handle it like a professional," said center Weston Richburg. "He's had things like that happen before, and he came back strong and ready to go. I have faith that he's going to be ready to go."
McAdoo wouldn't give any hint about whether he was optimistic about Beckham's recovery. He did, however, say he had "no regrets" about allowing Beckham back on the sidelines in Cleveland on Monday night with his injury - an injury that was painful enough for Beckham to drop to his knees in agony outside the locker room.
One source familiar with the situation said Beckham thought he was OK after going to the locker room and being told the X-Rays were negative. But when he woke up Tuesday morning he felt much worse.
But if he's still in pain, his teammates apparently can't tell - and the same is true of Brandon Marshall, who has a shoulder injury but was able to at least be on the sidelines at practice on Wednesday. Behind the scenes, their actions make teammates believe that neither one of them will be out for long.
"You kind of don't want to think about that," said cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. "You got Odell and Marshall that's out, and that's definitely a big part of our offense. But you don't want to put your mind on that. As long as you see the guys walk around the locker room looking like it's not a problem, (it's better than) seeing someone just laying on the table."