Beckham is happy with where he stands in his recovery from a fractured left ankle, Michael Eisen of the Giants' official site reports. "I don't know a percentage, but I'm actually doing really good," Beckham said Saturday at the NFL Honors awards show. "They tell me to slow down because I've been out for so long, and I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go. Now I can see where the mental part comes in as far as being patient, and knowing you can't push too much right now, or you need to push more. It's finding that balance." In a preseason game Aug. 21, Beckham injured his left ankle, which was termed a sprain from the get go. After sitting out the regular-season opener, he returned Week 2, and unsurprisingly, he was heavily involved in the passing attack. However, playing through the pain ultimately was his downfall. Finally, in Week 5 against the Chargers, Beckham required a cart to leave the field and was diagnosed with a broken left ankle, forcing an abbreviated end to his fourth campaign. As of Dec. 6, he wasn't wearing a walking boot, and Saturday's comments seem to indicate he'll be ready for the offseason program in early April. However, Beckham is focused on the long term. "To be ready for the first game [of the 2018 season] is all I'm worried about, so I can be a hundred percent," he stated. No matter when his health is secure, the touchdown machine (38 in 47 career contests) will be looking to bounce back from a career-low 7.4 yards per target.
Beckham didn't have a walking boot on his right foot at the Giants' facility Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a superior athlete is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a major surgery. Beckham worked out in the weight room Wednesday sans boot as he seeks to regain full mobility in his left ankle, according to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network. Once he achieves that step, Beckham will turn his focus to balance and strength. Considering where he stands, he should be running on all cylinders by the start of the offseason program in April.
Beckham (ankle), who was placed on injured reserve Monday, underwent season-ending surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. In addition to Beckham, the Giants now use an IR spot for fellow receiver Dwayne Harris (foot), who is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday. This opened up roster spots for Tavarres King and Travis Rudolph. It's expected that Brandon Marshall (ankle) will soon join Beckham and Harris on IR after undergoing his own season-ending surgery Tuesday, leaving Sterling Shepard (ankle) as the Giants' new unquestioned top receiver. Those absences are also likely to open up starting roles for holdover Roger Lewis and King, who were both listed as members of the first team along with Shepard on the Giants' unofficial depth chart heading into Sunday's game against the Broncos, according to Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record. Tight end Evan Engram, who boasts enough speed to line up out wide, could also benefit from increased targets with the losses of Beckham, Marshall and Harris creating a major void in the Giants' passing attack.
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo confirmed Monday that Beckham, who is scheduled to undergo surgery later this week to repair a fractured left ankle, won't play again this season. The grim news was fully expected after Beckham was in visible agony after being carted off the field when he injured the left ankle -- which he had previously sprained during the preseason -- in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Chargers. The All-Pro wideout's absence just about ends any hope the 0-5 Giants have of climbing out of the NFC East cellar and leaves a huge offensive void in a battered receiving corps. So long as their own injuries don't prove to be multi-week concerns, Sterling Shepard (ankle) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) will likely see their target volumes pick up the most among Giants receivers, and rookie tight end Evan Engram can also be expected to carve out a larger role within the team's passing attack.
Beckham will undergo an MRI on his lower left leg before any decision is made on surgery, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. Initially, Beckham was believed to have a fractured fibula, per Kimberly Jones of NFL Network, but the Giants eventually called his injury a broken ankle. The team noted Beckham "may need surgery," which won't be ordered up until the extent of the damage is known. A candidate for injured reserve if the preceding comes to pass, the receiving corps will be without its clear No. 1 option and perhaps the next 2-to-3 wideouts with Brandon Marshall (ankle sprain), Sterling Shepard (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (foot fracture) all leaving Sunday's game at different points. Expect the Giants to schedule workouts in the near future to rebuild their depth at the position.
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