Giants head coach Pat Shurmur revealed during a conference call on Tuesday that CB Sam Beal will be activated off the IR ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Jets. And the team made it official, with S Sean Chandler being waived to clear up a roster spot.
Beal's time on the IR -- he suffered from a hamstring injury during training camp and has been rehabbing it since -- is up after Week 9, and the Giants deemed him healthy enough to return. He made a 53-man roster spot out of camp and went on the IR, so he wouldn't get cut and potentially picked up by another team.
Shurmur spoke last week about Beal, and said he liked what he saw.
"He's making good progress," Shurmur said Wednesday. "And I think we have until next Wednesday to make a final decision on him, and so we'll just see, again, what the next week brings."
Beal has yet to play in a game for the Giants after GM Dave Gettleman chose him in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft last season. However, he reaggravated a shoulder injury in his first practice with the team and opted for surgery to repair it to basically redshirt his rookie season.
During training camp, Beal started opposite Janoris Jenkins on the first team, but first-rounder DeAndre Baker jumped him on the depth chart by the end of it. Beal was also dealing with the injury by then, too.
Baker, though, hasn't had the smoothest of transitions into the NFL. The Giants traded back into the first round to nab him at the end of Day 1, but the Georgia product has been going through tribulations, including Monday night's contest against the Cowboys.
However, Shurmur won't be throwing someone like Beal right into the fire, saying Baker will remain the starter opposite Jenkins "at this point."
"Listen, he's out there competing and battling," Shurmur said of Baker. "He's made great progress since the first time he's stepped on the field and he'll continue to do that." "At this point, yeah."
But, if Baker does struggle against a bad Jets offense on Sunday, Beal may get his shot to make a good first impression.