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Around the NFL - Minicamp Edition: Odell Beckham Jr.'s Status, Andrew Luck Throws a Football, Aaron Donald Among Absentees
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12 Jun 2018 02:14 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes catch. (Image Source: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Let’s go around the NFL minicamps:

OBJ Wants to Play it ‘Safe’

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, on Monday the New York Giants discussed announcing that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been cleared for mandatory minicamp.

Coming off a fractured ankle he isn’t going to fully participate but the hope was OBJ would “participate in some reps.”

That’s not something Beckham Jr. appears to be interested in.

“But, my understanding is that the WR’s preference has been to try and safely avoid team reps at this point in his reconditioning process,” Anderson’s tweet continued.

First-year head coach Pat Shurmur was hopeful last week that his star pass catcher would be medically cleared after OBJ skipped voluntary OTAs.

At this point, his health might not matter. In addition to working his way back from a serious injury is Beckham’s contract status. He’s entering the final year of his deal, wants a contract extension, and probably wants to avoid putting himself in harms way.

Donald Among Stars Staying Away from Minicamp

Arguably the best defensive player in the game, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Arron Donald is not at mandatory minicamp and he’s not expected to attend.

In Donald’s case, there’s no doubting the cause of his absence. It’s a contract dispute.

A year ago, he skipped the OTAs but did show up for the mandatory minicamp, even though he did not participate in the drills. This allowed him to avoid fines, which doesn’t appear to be a concern this time around.

It’s believed Donald wants to become the highest-paid defensive player in league history.

Other big-name stars who are not attending minicamp include wide out Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack, and running back David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals. Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is also absent due to a contract dispute.

One player looking for a new deal who made news by showing up at mandatory minicamp today was New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram. He skipped the OTAs and despite his desire for an extension before he begins the final year of his contract, he will avoid fines.

Luck Throws a…Football!!!!!

With Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star on hand at Indianapolis Colts practice, he was able to get video footage of Andrew Luck doing something he hadn’t done in ages. Throw an actual football.

It was baby steps—Luck attempted just 10 passes in the range of 10 yards, with retired receiver Reggie Wayne his primary target—yet considering how long it had been, it was also a major leap.

Luck is recovering from shoulder surgery and he missed the entire 2017 season.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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