The Giants will spend the weekend trying to get their best offensive playmaker on the field . . . and figuring out what to do if they can't.
Odell Beckham Jr. missed a second straight practice Friday with a hamstring injury, leaving him one last team workout Sunday to prove his availability to Tom Coughlin before Monday night's game against the Eagles. But even that practice won't be the defining element in Beckham's immediate future. In fact, the Giants might not have an answer to the burning question until they submit their list of inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff.
"It would be good if we knew in advance so at least we could think a little about that," Coughlin said of hoping Beckham gets on the field Sunday. "It would be good. Does it preclude? No."
If you think this throws a kink into your fantasy football plans, imagine how Coughlin and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo feel about their reality football team.
"You have to have a plan available for everything," McAdoo said. "If you are short in one area, you have to make sure you are backed up in another."
Said Coughlin, "It doesn't make it any easier."
Visually, there seems to be very little problem. He stretched with the team Friday, caught passes off the machine and even flashed some dance moves during the warm-up. In the locker room, too, he was dancing in a way that seemed unencumbered by any injury. The only thing he has yet to do in view of the media this week is run at full speed.
He'll need to do that if he wants to play against the Eagles. And even with the clear significance of the game in the division, the Giants are unlikely to risk losing Beckham for a month or more with a more serious hamstring injury just to play him in this game.
Fellow wide receiver Rueben Randle, who also is dealing with a hamstring issue, has been practicing and appears on track to play. Besides him, the Giants have Dwayne Harris, rookie Geremy Davis and Myles White.
"The idea that we've always tried to follow is that we have players on our team, we have good players, they have to line up and go," Coughlin said. "The guys who can go have to line up and do the job for us. That's exactly what we're trying to accomplish."
While hoping they don't have to.
Notes & quotes: Linebacker Jon Beason called out 49ers guard Alex Boone for an illegal push in the back that led to his collision with running back Carlos Hyde and a concussion last Sunday. "I think it was a coward move. It doesn't show any sportsmanship, no regard for another player or his career," Beason said. "There is intent there, not necessarily to harm, but you have to have some regard for other players in terms of the rules. The rules are created for a reason." Beason has cleared the concussion protocol and is expected to play Monday . . . Defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. (hamstring) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (calf) were limited and defensive end George Selvie (calf) was a full participant in practice.