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The Giants received a significant blow Monday when it was learned that running back Shane Vereen suffered a triceps injury that requires surgery.
In a tweet sent out by the team, the Giants announced that the 27-year old Vereen's surgery would be "season-ending." However, the team has now backed off of that statement, according to a report by the NFL Network.
Vereen's recovery time from his injury, which he played through in Week 3's loss to Washington, is about two months. There is a possibility that if there are no snags with his recovery and rehab, he could return to action later in the year as the Giants' lone "designated to return" player.
This year, the NFL tweaked the short-term IR rule by removing the requirement that teams designate which player they plan to return after the mandated waiting period of six weeks. This means any player placed on injured reserve after the start of the season is eligible for the return designation.
If all goes well with Vereen, a big part of the Giants' third-down package, he could be back late November.
Vereen got the start Sunday with Rashad Jennings (thumb) sidelined. Vereen ran for 67 yards and a touchdown in the 29-27 loss to Washington.
"Shane is a tremendous football player and our thoughts go to him with that tough injury," head coach Ben McAdoo said. "I feel for the player. He's a good football player. We wish him a speedy recovery."
Until a decision is made on Vereen, McAdoo said the plan to replace him will be "by committee."
The Giants are hoping to get Jennings back for their next game, a Monday night meeting in Minnesota with the Vikings. The rest of the committee will include Orleans Darkwa, who ran 10 times for 53 yards in Sunday's loss; veteran Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins.
The big rematch between New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Washington cornerback Josh Norman was, as expected, a letdown compared to last year's histrionics.
Beckham, who vowed to be on his best behavior, didn't draw any penalties in that game and in fact topped the Giants receivers with seven catches (out of 11 pass targets) for 121 yards. Six of his receptions and 107 of his yards came against Norman.
On the sideline, however, Beckham was spotted not once but twice outwardly expressing his frustration over how the game was unfolding, including one incident where he appeared to be in tears and another where he was seen swinging his helmet at the kicking net, only to catch the net and pull the framework down on to his shoulder.
Head coach Ben McAdoo was rather blunt with his take on Beckham's behavior on the sideline.
"He needs to control his emotions better and become less of a distraction to himself and to his teammates," he said. "It's our job to help him with that process and maturing."
McAdoo said that "it takes a village" to deal with a personality such as Beckham's in helping him find the right balance between expressing himself and not losing his cool. The key, he said, is to communicate.
"Having a variety of different people, coaches, staff members to communicate with. Just help him direct his focus," McAdoo said.
McAdoo, who was the offensive coordinator last year when Beckham had his initial outburst playing against Norman, has said in the past that he didn't do enough to help Beckham avoid imploding. This time around, things were different.
"There were conversations during the course of the game," he said. "He and I had conversations on two different occasions."
Teammate and fellow receiver Victor Cruz had some encouraging feedback regarding how Beckham carried himself Sunday.
"I think he was great. I think he understood the point of emphasis of this game. I think he understood the heightened attention of this game that he individually was going to get and I think he handled the pressure well," Cruz said.