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Giants Blog | ESPN New York

W2W4: New York Giants

The 2-2 New York Giants will try to move their record above .500 for the first time since the 2012 season when they take on the 2-2 Atlanta Falcons at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here are three things we'll be watching especially closely: 1. Odell Beckham Jr.: Will the Giants' first-round pick -- the only 2014 first-round pick who has yet to play in an NFL game -- finally see the field? Out since mid-July with a hamstring injury, Beckham practiced on a limited basis all week and could make his NFL debut in this game.

Newark Star-Ledger

Giants vs. Falcons injury report: Two key Atlanta offensive players ruled out

Atlanta's offensive line will have three new starters on Sunday.

The Blue Screen | New York Daily News

Streaking Giants look to continue their roll against injury-riddled Atlanta Falcons

The Giants have won two games in a row and they are poised to make it three straight against an overrated Atlanta team.

New York Post

Falcons’ injury fluke may make open season for Giants pass rush

It is not every day a team puts two starters on season-ending injured reserve, but that’s what happened to the Falcons this week when they lost center Joe Hawley (knee)...

Giants Blog | ESPN New York

Giants' Jon Beason expects to play Sunday

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason, who has missed the past two games with a foot injury, is feeling better and expects to play Sunday against the Falcons. "Yeah, I think so," Beason said Thursday. "It feels pretty good. We're just working me back in slowly, trying to be smart about it and not make anything worse. But it's feeling pretty good." In the second game of the season, Beason aggravated the toe injury that cost him all of training camp.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Four Bold Predictions for tonight's game

MATT VENSEL: Teddy Bridgewater won’t top 200 yards The rookie quarterback will start tonight despite a sprained left ankle that figures to make him a game-time decision. The ankle injury, which should limit his mobility, is a concern, no doubt. But I expect Bridgewater to throw for significantly fewer yards than he did last week for a different reason. The Falcons defense, well, resembles a flaming dumpster right now, which is why Bridgewater was able to throw for 317 yards in the same game in which the Vikings also topped 200 rushing yards. The Packers pass defense is much better, and if...

Giants Blog | ESPN New York

Odell Beckham looks like go vs. Falcons

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It looks like Eli Manning will have a new weapon to throw to this coming Sunday. Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who missed the New York Giants’ first four games of the season because of a hamstring injury, practiced Wednesday, and it sounds like he’ll play against the Atlanta Falcons. “I feel good,” Beckham said, flashing a big smile. “Just looking forward to that opportunity, and getting a chance to finally run out on the field.

The Blue Screen | New York Daily News

Beason, Beckham to practice Wednesday

After several rough months battling injuries, Big Blue has few concerns at it begins prepping for Sunday's home game against the Atlanta Falcons. LB Jon Beason (foot/toe), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring) and P Steve Weatherford (ankle) all were set to practice Wednesday, according to coach Tom Coughlin.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Teddy Bridgewater listed questionable; Greenway out

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is listed as questionable with an ankle injury for Thursday’s game against the Packers at Lambeau Field. He participated in practice for the first time on Wednesday, though he was limited. Bridgewater said on Tuesday he planned to run for the first time since spraining the ankle in Sunday’s 41-28 against the Falcons. Up until that point, the rookie has only done flexibility exercises during rehab. If Bridgewater is unable to play, quarterback Christian Ponder would start. He has received first team reps in Bridgewater’s absence this week at...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Bridgewater's ankle improving, status still unknown

Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won’t place a percentage on his chances to play Thursday against the Packers, but he feels the ankle has made progress. “I’m much further ahead than I was Sunday,” Bridgewater said. The Vikings have a quick turnaround after defeating the Falcons, 41-28, on Sunday. In that game, Bridgewater suffered the ankle injury on a quarterback sneak in the goal line. Bridgewater said he’ll run for the first time on Tuesday after rehabbing the ankle indoors with flexibility exercises. “Teddy’s doing much better,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Bridgewater misses practice, committee at running back and more

Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater missed practice yesterday with an ankle injury. — Head coach Mike Zimmer prefers the committee approach at running back. — Injured TE Kyle Rudolph can’t wait to get back on the field. — CB Josh Robinson was far from questionable against the Falcons. TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY For 5yrs I’ve dedicated myself to being a pro. I want to thank the Vikings, fans & my teammates for embracing me during that time. #muchlove — TreyTrey...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Kyle Rudolph recovering from sports hernia surgery

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said he’s making progress after sports hernia surgery last week. He was in the Vikings locker room on Monday, a week into the recovery process after sitting out on Sunday in the team’s 41-28 victory over the Falcons at TCF Bank Stadium. Rudolph said the injury initially bothered him during the first week of training camp. There was a tear in the abdominal muscle away from the pelvis, Rudolph said, that he felt on the right side. During the procedure, Rudolph said they went ahead and fixed both sides. “I’m glad that I was able to get them fixed, move...

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Vikings: Atlanta loses three OL starters to injury

The Falcons lost three starting offensive linemen on Sunday, so those paying attention might not have been surprised to hear the TCF Bank Stadium announcer introduce No. 80 as ineligible.

Giants Blog | ESPN New York

Giants injury report (non-Beckham edition)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kieran Darcy has your New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. update here. My take on this is that he's practicing, which is progress, but that I wouldn't assume he's a go for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons just yet. It's telling that Tom Coughlin said Beckham doesn't have to be a factor in the punt return game in order to get on the field, and that indicates we might see him in a limited role at wide receiver this week or next.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Vikings 41, Falcons 28: Offense comes alive before Bridgewater injury

RECAP: Matt Asiata's third rushing touchdown with 10:50 remaining stamped an entertaining home victory for the Vikings.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Vikings: Five keys to Sunday's game vs. Atlanta Falcons

1. Next in line: All the Vikings have been talking about all week has been "next man up,'' their motto for replacing players who are out. Minnesota on Sunday against Atlanta will look to try to make up for not having five key starters who began the season. Out are running back Adrian Peterson (exempt list), tight end Kyle Rudolph (groin surgery), linebacker Chad Greenway (broken hand and rib), quarterback Matt Cassel, (season-ending broken foot) and guard Brandon Fusco (season-ending torn pectoral muscle). The most important replacement is rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for Cassel.

The Jag-Wire | Fox Sports Florida

Bucs QB Josh McCown optimistic surgery won't be needed on thumb

Josh McCown is holding out hope that he won't need surgery on his right thumb. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback, who left in the second quarter of his team's Week 3 loss at the Atlanta Falcons, appeared to downplay the need for a procedure in the immediate future Thursday after sustaining a severe sprain in the thumb.

Chicago Sun-Times

Bears’ ‘D’ rising? Packers’ ‘O’ declining? We’ll see

There’s no such thing as a defining game in the NFL anymore. Injuries, parity and mediocrity — not necessarily in that order — have made the league as unpredictable and topsy-turvy as ever. Last year at this time, there were seven 3-0 teams. This year, there are three. The Bears have gone from 10th to 18th to 11th to eighth in ESPN’s power rankings. The Falcons have zigzagged from 17th to ninth to 17th to ninth. “Every week is a new week in the NFL,”...

Newark Star-Ledger

Odell Beckham injury update: First-round pick says Falcons game is goal for return (VIDEO)

"I was going at a good pace," Beckham said. "I wouldn't say it was all out although there were times when I had the burst and felt comfortable bursting. It's good to have that feeling like you're somewhat back."