After playing only in jumbo packages as an eligible receiver in last Wednesday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants offensive lineman Will Beatty says his back if feeling much better and he's ready to resume his starting role at left tackle, which has been manned by veteran Sean Locklear.
"There's no pain," Beatty said on Monday. “I’m just waiting until [coach Coughlin] gives me the go-ahead.”
Like teammates James Brewer and Marvin Austin, Beatty was hampered by a back injury that seemed to have been exacerbated by the small mattresses at the University at Albany. And although no one would come right out and blame said mattresses, the general consensus was that they were at fault.
After missing much of the 2011 with a detached retina, the Giants were looking for Beatty to return in 2012 and demonstrate further improvement and development. In fact, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride went as far as saying the team absolutely needed him back and healthy in order to maintain their high level of play.
"We need him," Gilbride said in July. "He has got to be there. We have lost what amounts to three starters in the last two years on the offensive line. You can't keep doing that. … If you lose [Beatty] that means four starters in the offensive line. Then it doesn’t matter how good your quarterback is."
Team doctors have been working diligently with Beatty and monitoring his medications closely. Barring any further setbacks, he's likely to start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
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