Odell Beckham Odell Beckham has yet to get on the field for the Giants.
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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has fought a losing battle against the media all preseason over the status of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

 

Some of that tension boiled over on Monday.

 

"Let's just let this kid get better," Coughlin said. "Everybody settle down and let the kid get better. I mean, I went to him and said, 'Let's not have any more setbacks.' Whatever it takes to get over this, let's do this. Let's encourage him, let's not let him feel like he is an outsider, let's get on with it. But, I mean, to talk about him every day. I will let you know when he is ready to do something, I will let you know."

 

Coughlin responded, "I doubt that very much," when asked if Beckham would be practicing Monday.

 

It also appears very unlikely Beckham will be ready to play next Monday when the Giants open up their season in Detroit. He's been dealing with an injured hamstring since the first day of training camp. He had a setback last week, and now the timetable appears indefinite.

"Every day it is the same question over and over," Coughlin said. "He is not ready to play. He may be a couple, three weeks away, so we are not going to talk about him. We have a game to play. Can we talk about the guys playing in the game, instead of people that are on the injury report? Thank you for bearing with me on that one."

Beckham was the Giants' top pick in the 2014 draft out of LSU. The speedy wideout was expected to add a new dimension to the Giants' offense. That offense has struggled immensely in the preseason.

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