John Fennelly, Lead WriterInjuries continued to slow down the Giants at training camp on Wednesday. Although head coach Tom Coughlin said that rookie WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (hamstring) was “closer” to returning, the closest Beckham got to the field was performing individual drills in full pads. He has yet to grace the field in training camp.
Missing practice Wednesday: RB Peyton Hillis (ankle), WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), KR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), OL Geoff Schwartz (knee), TE Daniel Fells (knee), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring) and DT Mike Patterson (shoulder) did individuals.
With David Wilson (neck) forced out of football and Hillis now injured, Coughlin was asked about the depth of the offensive backfield.
“Let’s hope we don’t lose another one today, because that’s the way this game goes,” Coughlin said. “If you have one down at one position, that position gets it again. Let’s hope we can practice today and not have that issue. The fullbacks can play running back, too.”
DE Robert Ayers (ankle), who sat out the preseason opener vs Buffalo, participated in team drills.
Rookie DT Kelcy Quarles suffered an ankle injury and was sent for X-rays.
CB Trumaine McBride, who has been a standout in training camp, did not play Sunday vs. Buffalo and will not play again Saturday vs. Pittsburgh. The medical staff is being cautious with players who underwent offseason surgery. McBride had surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his hip. Coughlin is flummoxed by the staff’s decision.
“He intercepts a ball and runs 80 yards every day and they tell me he can’t play,” Coughlin said. “I’m looking at them like, ‘Who has the two heads right here?’ Every day he takes one and goes 80. He looks pretty good to me.”