Giants WR Beckham 'pretty close' to being cleared

Reuters

Wide receiver Odell Beckham was excused from Tuesday's workout, but the New York Giants expect the All-Pro wide receiver to be back on the field soon.

"Odell is looking forward to getting out here. He's getting pretty close to being fully cleared," head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday.

Beckham and cornerback Janoris Jenkins were among veterans who weren't present at the start of workouts Tuesday. Shurmur said the players informed the Giants in advance of their expected absence and are excused from the non-mandatory workout.

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Beckham is recovering from a fractured left ankle, an injury that ended his 2017 season in Week 5.

Giants owner John Mara said at NFL meetings in Atlanta last week that there was no sense of urgency around signing Beckham to a long-term contract. The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2018 and reportedly wants to be the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.

Mara said in March that he was disappointed in Beckham's actions in the offseason, including a photo that surfaced in which Beckham appears to be within arm's reach of a white, powdery substance.

General manager Dave Gettleman said before the NFL draft, after the Los Angeles Rams and others reportedly responded to Mara's public declaration that Beckham wasn't untouchable by making a trade offer, that the Giants would not "give up on talent."

--Field Level Media

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