Odell Beckham Jr. takes Troy Polamalu’s place as Head & Shoulders spokesman

Sam Spiegelman

Troy Polamalu not only retired from the NFL this offseason, but his days pitching Head & Shoulders shampoo are also long gone.

In his place, another notable head of hair.

According to ESPN, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has replaced Polamalu as the spokesperson for Head & Shoulders.

Beckham rocks a blend of black and blonde hair in his cut, though he realizes his predecessor set the bar high.

“I don’t think my hair is as good as Troy’s,” Beckham told ESPN. “But hopefully I can one day live up to his reputation.”

The offseason has been kind to the second-year Giants receiver, who also landed on the Madden ’16 cover and has appeared in commercials for Foot Locker and Lenovo. He also has an autograph deal with Steiner Sports.


Friday injury report: Cruz, Herzlich out; Richburg questionable

Ralph Vacchiano joins Daily News Live to discuss the Giants’ upcoming preseason game against the Jets and concerns over Big Blue’s offense.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants hope to come into Saturday night’s game vs the Jets fresher than they’ve been, but some players, such as WR Victor Cruz (calf), may not see the field.

Safety Nat Berhe, penciled in as a starter before camp, is out of the season after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot in his troubled calf.

Head coach Tom Coughlin outlined the injuries and the potential scratches on Thursday before practice.

He believes OT Marshall Newhouse (ankle) will play this week.

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“He is fine. He just got stepped on,” Coughlin said. “That is a surface scratch. Someone stepped on his leg when he was on the ground and it was down relatively low and it scared him because of where the step occurred.”

LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) is out again, but another concussed player, CB Jayron Hosley, has been “green-lighed” to play this week. Safety Landon Collins (knee) will also play vs. the Jets Saturday.

MLB Jon Beason (knee) will not play this week. Coughlin did not have any news on when Beason may return.

OL Weston Richburg has been the team’s staple at center all summer long, but a knee ailment sidelined him this week. Coughlin was unsure if Richburg would play Saturday but didn’t exhibit any long term concern.

“He actually feels pretty good today. We should’ve called a practice for today. We’re going to keep working with him and seeing what the doctors and those people tell me. I don’t have anything new for you right now.”

If Richburg doesn’t play, Dallas Reynolds will likely get the start at center. The Giants will probably line up their starters for at least the first half.


GEICO SportsNite: Giants get two-day break

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin cancelled practice for two days in a row so his players could rest, practice yoga and get massages.


Berhe to have calf surgery Friday

Giants safety Nat Berhe will have surgery to remove a hardened blood clot in his calf Friday morning, The news was first reported by Art Stapleton (Aug. 27) and later confirmed by Berhe on Twitter (Aug. 27).

The Giants secondary has already lost Mykkele Thompson, Justin Currie and Bennett Jackson to season-ending injuries.

Stapleton reported Berhe is expected to be placed on injured reserve Monday when rosters are cut to 75. The Giants would have to decide to put Behre on short-term IR, which would make him eligible to play this season, or let him miss the season.

The calf has been hampering Behre all year, through offseason workouts and summer camp. He practiced Tuesday but not Wednesday.

“He re-injured his calf, that is all I can tell you,” coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday. “Whatever the mechanism, whatever goes on, he had one day of practice, felt really good, came out here and had the same occurrence that happened the last time — occurred this time, so he is re-injured.”

The remaining safeties are rookie Landon Collins, Cooper Taylor and veterans Brandon Meriweather and Jeromy Miles. Taylor has been dealing with a toe injury and Collins missed a week of practice after spraining his MCL two weeks ago against Cincinnati.


Hurting Giants introduce ‘recovery cycle’ to workout regimen

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The injury wheel has been eating up and spitting out Giants players at record rates the past few days and years and the organization has tried every method available this summer to slow it down.

tommystretchEnter the “recovery cycle”, the newest concept employed by the Giants to protect players from injury and keep their bodies in peak condition. So, what is it? Head coach Tom Coughlin explained Thursday….

A little different week for us. This is what I call the GPS week. We’re following that to a ‘T.’

We’ve had two hard practices, followed by basically meetings, walkthroughs and a recovery cycle. So all three — special teams, defense and offense — had good, long meetings, they had walkthroughs and we finished that up with a recovery cycle.

The recovery cycle has basically six elements and, by seniority, they can choose two. It is two 15-minute periods and we are currently right toward the end of the second cycle, so it is a unique kind of a day and I am interested in the feedback that I get from our leadership council and also from the assistant coaches as we go through the day and, of course, the proof will come later as to how we perform.

So, what are those elements? What kind of things are they?

“Yoga, massage,” said Coughlin. “There are some fancy names for things we do with rollers and sticks and so on and so forth — cold tub, but it is basically just the recovery cycle muscular so on and so forth along with yoga and some of the other things we employed.”

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Prince Amukamara at ‘full-go’ as he prepares to make preseason debut

Sam Spiegelman

For those not paying attention, Prince Amukamara will be playing Saturday night.

The Giants’ dress rehearsal lands on the team’s annual preseason date with the rival Jets, and the depleted secondary will welcome Amukamara back into the fold.

Prince Amukamara

Prince Amukamara

The cornerback said his time off was time well spent, right after he declared himself 100 percent ahead of the team’s third exhibition.

“I feel like I’m completely over (it),” Amukamara said of his groin injury.

“I’ve been full-go, not limited in any reps. I’ve been able to do everything that I did before I got injured. So I wouldn’t say I’m limited in any case.

Over the past two weeks, Amukamara has had to watch the rest of his secondary mates join him on the sidelines. Rookies Landon Collins and Mykkele Thompson both got hurt — with Thompson out for the season.

That also was the verdict for Bennett Jackson, who was a candidate for the starting safety job opposite Collins. And late Thursday afternoon, Art Stapleton of The Record reported Nat Behre will have calf surgery Friday, leaving his 2015 status in doubt.

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Five things we learned from Tom Coughlin…

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke with the media on Thursday at the Giants facility. Here are five things we learned…

1.) T Marshall Newhouse (ankle) is fine and he should be able to return to practice soon.

2.) WR Victor Cruz (calf) will not play on Saturday against the Jets.

3.)Weston Richburg (knee) “feels pretty good,” but it’s not yet clear whether he’ll play on Saturday.

4.) After coming along well recently, LB Mark Herzlich didn’t feel very good during practice on Wednesday.

5.)Landon Collins will play on Saturday.