Dec 5, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; NFL wide receiver free agent Odell Beckham Jr. (black jacket) after the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr.: ‘I don’t see the point’ in regular-season return

Free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. shed light on what stokes his fire while speaking on Prime Video’s “TNF in the Shop” for Thursday Night Football.

Beckham has been on a very public search for a new team. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has recently visited Dallas (9-3), Buffalo (9-3) and the New York Giants (7-4-1).

“I haven’t made a decision, and for me, I would like to be in a stable environment, get up at 6 a.m., leave at 6 p.m. for four weeks, and then let’s talk about it,” Beckham said. “I’ve played football for a long time. I’m not saying that I couldn’t step in and play regular season, but I don’t see the point. I really don’t. I would rather play when the pressure is on.”

ESPN reported the Cowboys doubt Beckham is completely recovered from the torn left ACL he sustained in Super Bowl LVI after the 30-year-old wide receiver met with team physicians on Monday. According to the report, the concern regards whether Beckham would be available to play before mid-January, or perhaps not until the 2023 season.

On his weekly radio show with 105.3 FM in Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is “not confident at all” about signing Beckham until he sees him work out.

Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons said Wednesday that Beckham told him he could be ready to play in five weeks, which would put on track to play during the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Beckham has 531 career catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 games (91 starts) with the Giants (2014-18), Cleveland Browns (2019-21) and Los Angeles Rams (2021).

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence, LB Micah Parsons to play vs. Giants

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will play Thursday on a broken foot, and linebacker Micah Parsons plans to push through multiple injuries to join him on Dallas’ dominant front on Thanksgiving Day against the Giants.

Lawrence has a screw inserted in his previously broken foot but a second fracture was detected and is causing him “real pain.” But Lawrence doesn’t want to be shut down and had three of his six season sacks in the first meeting with New York, a 23-16 win in Week 3.

Parsons is dealing with an achy knee but didn’t have an MRI this week.

The Cowboys are on a record pace with 42 sacks through 10 games and recorded five sacks of Giants quarterback Daniel Jones in the September victory at MetLife Stadium. Parsons has 10 sacks.

Dallas is running without multiple defensive linemen Thursday due to illness.

Parsons and Lawrence participating is crucial for the Cowboys, considering the Giants are likely to start at least two offensive linemen who haven’t been in the first unit yet this season.

Offensive tackle Evan Neal (knee) didn’t make the trip and left tackle Andrew Thomas (illness) is questionable.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) in action during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys star LB Micah Parsons (illness) misses practice

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons missed Thursday’s practice due to an illness.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the team website that Parsons tested negative for both COVID-19 and the flu.

“He does have the kind of symptoms that were best for him not to practice,” Jones said. “Don’t look for that to be a factor against the Giants. That’s my information.”

Dallas certainly wants to see Parsons on the field when the Cowboys visit the New York Giants on Sunday. He is tied for the NFL lead with four sacks and has recorded 17 in just 18 career games.

Star cornerback Trevon Diggs missed the session after being excused due to a personal matter.

Tight end Dalton Schultz (sprained right knee) missed practice as expected. He was hurt in Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Others who missed practice were safety Jayron Kearse (knee) and guard Connor McGovern (ankle).

–Field Level Media

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Trevor Lawrence, Micah Parsons installed as ROY favorites

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been installed as the Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite after being selected with the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Lawrence is being offered at +300 by DraftKings and +270 by FanDuel ahead of Justin Fields (+400, +550), who was selected by the Chicago Bears. While Lawrence is expected to start from Day 1 in Jacksonville, the Bears have veterans Andy Dalton and Nick Foles on the roster if Fields needs some time to acclimate to the NFL.

It’s a similar situation for San Francisco 49ers pick Trey Lance, who is being offered at +700 by both sportsbooks. The North Dakota State quarterback is expected to be groomed for at least most of next season behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Quarterbacks dominate the Offensive ROY odds, with the New York Jets’ Zach Wilson being offered at +850 by DraftKings and +1000 by FanDuel.

The top-non QBs at DraftKings are Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts, who are both listed at +1100. Pitts is +1300 and Chase is +1500 at FanDuel, both behind New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones at +950.

New Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons is the early Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite at +400 at DraftKings and +550 at FanDuel. The odds at the sportsbooks diverge from there.

Pass rusher Jaelan Phillips (Miami Dolphins) is listed at +700 by DraftKings ahead of defensive end Kwity Paye (Indianapolis Colts) and cornerback Patrick Surtain II (Denver Broncos) at +1000. Paye is being offered at +750 at FanDuel along with Cleveland Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ahead of Phillips (+900) and Surtain (+1100).

–Field Level Media

Nov 9, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates after sacking the Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan (not pictured) in the second half at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos trade for QB: How will Denver spend its top pick now?

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater are the favorites to be selected by the Denver Broncos with the ninth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday.

Oddsmakers shifted to the Big Ten products on Wednesday following reports of a deal between the Broncos and Carolina Panthers sending quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to Denver.

The betting market doesn’t require the pick to be No. 9, meaning if the Broncos move up or down in the draft and select the player, the bet is still paid.

FanDuel and DraftKings quickly updated their odds board for the picks by specific number, bumping Ohio State’s Justin Fields from the favorite to the No. 3 player on the team odds board.

Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance are now +750 to be picked by Denver, per FanDuel.

South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn is fifth at +850, via FanDuel and DraftKings.

The Broncos landed Bridgewater for a sixth-round pick and already have quarterback Drew Lock under contract.

But Bridgewater faltered late last season in Carolina and Lock remains unproven, leaving open the possibility Denver’s new brain trust, headed by general manager George Paton, would chase a quarterback with the team’s top pick.

–Field Level Media