Coach Kevin Stefanski gave an encouraging progress report on the injury rehabilitations of receiver Odell Beckham Jr., cornerback Greedy Williams and safety Grant Delpit.
Williams (nerve injury in his shoulder) and Delpit (ruptured Achilles tendon) missed all of the 2020 season. Beckham suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 7, had surgery and missed the rest of the year.
“He’s progressing very well, he’s trending in the right direction,” Stefanski said Tuesday of Beckham. “Really, Odell and Grant Delpit and Greedy, I think they’re all on track. I don’t know the exact date that that is for all those guys but I really like how they’re progressing.”
Stefanski singled out Williams, who thought the injury was minor when he was hurt making a tackle Aug. 24 in training camp. For weeks the team referred to the injury as day-to-day, but it turned out to be damage to the axillary nerve, which took several months before allowing the shoulder muscles to begin to work properly.
“Greedy continues to get good news and I’m just so happy for the kid,” Stefanski said. “He just battled his butt off in the rehab room for months and had a great attitude throughout. And I’m just really, really happy for him as he keeps getting better and better. He’s got a ways to go but he’s trending in the right direction.”
Williams was the No. 46 pick in the 2019 draft and started 12 games as a rookie. Delpit was the No. 44 pick in 2020.
In six-plus games, Beckham caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed three times for 72 yards and a score.
HOLDING OUT HOPE
Stefanski hasn’t given up on a return by defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson but didn’t sound optimistic. Richardson was released Friday to save $11 million in salary cap space and cash.
“I hope there’s a scenario, but those are the hard decisions that are made,” Stefanski said. “But I really want to point out that Sheldon was such a big part of what we did last year.
“Sheldon played really productive football for us, and he played through injuries and he took great pride in getting to the playoffs for the first time in his career. So he was a big part of that.”
Richardson started all 16 regular-season games in 2020, with 64 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.