There could be a series of roster moves this week, with only one game remaining in the season and a few players looking as if they will not be healthy enough to play Sunday against the Cowboys. Thus far, though, the Giants are not talking about shutting down Odell Beckham Jr.
“When Odell is healthy we’ll welcome him back,” coach Pat Shurmur said Monday.
A quad contusion has kept Beckham out of three straight games, and it is likely he will not play again this season. Linebacker Alec Ogletree (concussion), center Spencer Pulley (calf) and receiver Russell Shepard (ankle) all missed the 28-27 loss in Indianapolis, and all three also might miss this next game. Two players forced out of the loss to the Colts, tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion) and defensive lineman Mario Edwards (calf), also will get re-evaluated this week.
The Cowboys have clinched the NFC East title and are locked in as the No. 4 seed in the NFC, guaranteed of a home game on wild-card weekend against either the Seahawks or Vikings. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday his team will play to win Sunday against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
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“Absolutely,” Jones said. “We’re all-out. We’ve got work to do. We’ve got some work to do out here, I think we’ll all agree. We don’t want to, if we can, go into the playoff with dangling participles — loose ends.”
Once again, Shurmur would not reveal the identity of his No. 2 quarterback. Asked if rookie Kyle Lauletta might get promoted this week, Shurmur said, “We’ll just have to see what the week brings.” … Shurmur had the players in early Monday and by noon they were gone for the day to celebrate Christmas Eve.
“We compressed it a little bit,” Shurmur said of the work schedule.
Tuesday is a normal day off for the players, so they are all off Christmas Day. The coaches worked throughout the day Monday and Shurmur gave his staff off Tuesday morning, but they will gather in the afternoon to install the game plan for the Cowboys game.