Eli Manning isn’t counting on Odell Beckham Jr. being healthy

Odell Beckham Jr. walked through the locker room with pep in his step on Wednesday, but until the Giants hit the practice field on Thursday there won’t be any sign of whether he’ll play in Monday night’s home opener against the Detroit Lions in Week 2.

Eli Manning said as much when he admitted he hadn’t expected Beckham to play in last Sunday night’s 19-3 loss in Dallas — despite Beckham’s pre-game warm up — because the receiver hadn’t practiced since spraining his left ankle on Aug. 21.

“In my mind, I didn’t think he was playing,” Manning said Wednesday. “When you see him kind of warming up and catching passes, the guy hadn’t practiced in three weeks. I never thought it was a reality of him playing and just if he would have come out there, it might have been limited in certain things … I didn’t think he was going to play in the game.”

Beckham is expected to meet the media on Thursday, when he may have to explain a report that he was allegedly part of a “dance battle” last week at a Meatpacking District spot with NBA star Russell Westbrook. But for now, the Giants just need him healthy.

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“We’ll see tomorrow if he’s out there practicing some and just take it day-by-day and see what’s going on,” Manning said. “I’m not sure.”


There was one Giant who actually had reason to smile after Sunday: kicker Aldrick Rosas.

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Eli Manning wasn’t counting on OBJ in Week 1, and it’ll be the same case leading up to Week 2.

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The 22-year-old’s girlfriend, Tiffany Lopez, gave birth to his daughter — Karsyn Rosas — early Sunday morning in California before he made his NFL debut.

“She was born 4:15 a.m.,” Rosas said. “It was pretty special to have my child on my first NFL game,” Rosas said. “Two dreams come true.”

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Rosas said the plan was to have Lopez go into an induced labor on Monday so he can be present for the birth, but things changed.

Instead, Rosas was Facetiming with Lopez from the hotel on Saturday night.

“In the moment of it I kind of freaked out,” he said. “But I have a good friend in Zak DeOssie as someone to talk to and calm me down and talk through it and it was fine.”

Odell Beckham Jr. is still questionable for the Giants

Odell Beckham Jr. is still questionable for the Giants’ home opener.

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Rosas eventually left Dallas for Los Angeles on owner Steve Tisch’s private jet after the game. From there he flew up to Sacramento to be with his girlfriend and daughter — whom he got the chance to hold and stay with until returning to New Jersey Wednesday morning.

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“It was amazing. A feeling you can’t really describe,” he said. “What a special moment when I got to hold her, hear the sound of her. She’s doing well.”

Rosas also accounted for the Giants’ only points in the game, a field goal in the third quarter.

“It was a whirlwind of a day,” he said. “(I can) tell her a dream came true that day.”

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