Browns not messing around with Odell Beckham Jr.’s status for Week 2 vs. Texans
There was some optimism that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was going to be ready to go for Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs. But after it seemed as if Beckham was set to be cleared to return from a torn ACL, he was ruled out not long before kickoff.
The Browns aren’t messing around with Beckham’s status for Week 2 against the Houston Texans. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski ruled out the veteran wide receiver on Wednesday, per PFT’s Michael David Smith. According to Smith, “Stefanski described ruling Beckham out as giving more clarity to the situation this week.”
Beckham worked out before the loss to the Chiefs and told the coaching staff he wouldn’t be able to play much, so the decision was made to keep him inactive. Given that, the assumption is he just hasn’t made enough progress to go 100%, so Cleveland is being precautious and making sure he can do that before he actually returns.
So, at this point, it’s unclear just when Beckham will be back on the field. Perhaps he’ll be ready to go for Week 3 against the Chicago Bears, but it doesn’t seem as if anything is guaranteed right now. The wide receiver tweeted this on Tuesday:
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) September 14, 2021
Beckham tore his ACL in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals last season. The 28-year-old is in his third season with the Browns after getting traded by the New York Giants. The wideout isn’t the dominant player he once was at the start of his career with the Giants, but he can still help Baker Mayfield and the offense. He had over 1,000 yards receiving in his first year in Cleveland.
Mayfield is hoping to have this key weapon at his disposal soon. Beckham is clearly anxious to get back out there.