Odell Beckham Jr. was not exactly sure what to call the injury to his quadriceps — a bruise or a contusion — and instead wanted to leave the precise diagnosis to the experts.
But he was certain of one thing.
“S–t ain’t right,” Beckham said Thursday in his first extended comments since the injury was revealed last Friday.
Instead of trying to practice Thursday, the wide receiver took a trip to the Hospital for Special Surgery for what coach Pat Shurmur called “further evaluation” on his quad. Beckham said he got scans done to see how the injury compared to last week — what he called “a reassurance thing.”
“It’s doing much better than it was,” Beckham said. “Take it a day at a time, that’s really it.”
In the meantime, Beckham remained steadfast in his belief the Giants can make the playoffs, even though he still doesn’t know whether he will actually be able to help them get there. He first said in Week 10 that the Giants could win eight straight to close out the season.
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They are 4-1 since then and must win out to even have a shot — not to mention getting plenty of help from other teams in the final three weeks — but Beckham believes there is a higher plan in place.
“I still see us going 8-8,” Beckham said. “I just feel like he’s got a plan and it’s all going to fall together. Whoever needs to lose and this and that and all the little pieces that need to fall into place, I feel like they’re going to fall into place and we’re going to be in the spot that we want to be in.”
There has been a cloud of uncertainty over Beckham’s injury since it was originally publicized last Friday, first through his Facebook docuseries that morning and later by the Giants. It was the first day that he didn’t practice fully since getting hurt on the final play of their Week 12 game against the Eagles when he was leg-whipped by linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, though Shurmur initially downplayed it.
By Saturday, he was ruled out of the Redskins game.
“I felt like, ‘All right, it’ll get better, it’ll get better,’ and then there was just that part that was like, there’s nothing I can do,” Beckham said.
Beckham was officially limited in Wednesday’s practice, doing some stretching and a few individual drills followed by treatment inside, before being completely absent Thursday. But Shurmur insisted there had been no setback.
“We’re just getting it checked out,” Shurmur said. “It doesn’t mean anything.”
Asked if the additional testing gave him any peace of mind, Beckham said, “Yes and no.
“Just being in the doctor’s office isn’t fun,” he said. “Knowing that there is something going on isn’t fun, but I got a peace of mind just in general about everything in life.”
Beckham said a younger version of himself would have played through it and risked making it worse. He did play one game after the injury — when he caught a touchdown and threw for another against the Bears — but by last Friday felt he needed to speak up about it.
While he enjoyed watching his fellow receivers step up in his absence on Sunday, teaming with Saquon Barkley to put up a season-high 40 point against the Redskins, Beckham would like to take part in the fun this weekend against the Titans if possible.
“I honestly don’t know until Sunday gets here,” Beckham said. “It’s just been getting better each and every day.
“Whenever it’s better, I’ll definitely be out there. I don’t even like missing practice. So whenever I can run, I’ll be running.”