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Giants injury update: Where everyone stands after minicamp and OTAs

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EAST RUTHERFORD ‐ The team the Giants put on the field this spring isn't the team they hope starts Week 1 in Dallas.

The Giants were missing several key players during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, which ended Thursday and began a 41-day break that runs until the start of training camp on July 30.

Some days there were as many as seven potential starters on the sideline. That's a large number for any time of the year, nevertheless May/June when they're practicing without pads and real contact. Some of the injuries were leftovers from a disastrous 2014, while others brought up bad past experiences.

The Giants continued to "Embrace the Grind" anyway. It was the next-man up as they handled their business.

"We started out spring knowing full well that Victor [Cruz] was not going to be able to work but thinking that Odell [beckham] would and a couple weeks into the running part of it, we had to be able to maneuver with that," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I thought the guys did a good job with that. The big thing is we worked hard."

Now at least Cruz, Beckham and the rest of the walking wounded have some time to heal and get stronger. Here's where they stand after the spring and with an eye on training camp.

Concerns moving forward

Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham play catch at Giants mini-camp New York Giants injured wide receivers Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr worked out on the sideline during the first day of mini-camp. For a few minutes they played catch while standing on one foot. (Video by John Munson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

WR Victor Cruz (knee) ‐ He's progressing well off a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. Eight months after the injury, Cruz is running routes and has declared himself slightly above 80 percent. He expects to be ready for training camp and doesn't envision being placed on the PUP list. Still, nobody knows how he'll return from such a serious injury.

WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) ‐ The Giants have spent the past few months downplaying the injured left hamstring. Fortunately, it's not the same hamstring that caused him trouble last year. It's still a major concern considering it's the second time in as many years he's had a hamstring problem. And it seems to be wearing on him.

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TE Larry Donnell (Achilles) ‐ Donnell spent the past few weeks in a boot. Achilles injuries are always worrisome, but even more so when it's from a previous injury. Donnell had a slight tear in college. This is one that could worsen as the year progresses.

OT Will Beatty (pectoral) ‐ The starting left tackle tore his pectoral muscle last month. He's out until at least mid-October. A real update on his progress won't be known until the summer.

Worth monitoring

OG Geoff Schwartz (foot/toe) ‐ The Giants limited him this spring after an injury-filled 2014. it was precautionary. He'll be ready for camp, but can he hold up?

WR Marcus Harris (knee) ‐ After missing all of last season with hip and shoulder problems, he now has a minor knee problem that requires surgery. Harris will have the troublesome knee scoped but is expected back for the start of camp.

DE Devon Kennard (hamstring) ‐ He had hamstring and toe injuries last season. He had ankle and hamstring problems this spring, keeping him out of some OTAs and minicamp. This is all in addition to a long injury history in college and high school. Kennard needs to be constantly monitored.

DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) ‐ Moore didn't participate in team drills at all this spring after a minor shoulder procedure following the season. He's expected to be fine and ready for the start of camp. But it is the second year in a row that Moore needed shoulder surgery. The shoulder will be tested this summer.

Should be in the clear

S Nat Berhe (calf) ‐ Time should cure this injury. Berhe was running on the side at minicamp.

DE Robert Ayers (ankle) ‐ He returned for minicamp after missing most of OTAs. He's expected to be fine.

DE Owa Odighizuwa (leg) ‐ He got in some work during team drills at minicamp after being held out most of OTAs. It's not believed to be anything serious and there should be no limitations for training camp.

S Bennett Jackson (toe) ‐ He was held out as a precaution on the last day of minicamp. Jackson was walking in the locker room afterwards without a limp.

S Mykkele Thompson (hamstring) ‐ He missed the final minicamp practice with a "slight strain" of the hamstring. The fifth-round pick also walked without a limp. It shouldn't be much of a problem moving forward.



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