NFL, NBA worlds react to Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr.’s torn ACL
The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 37-34 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, their fifth of the season. However, the thrilling victory was dampened by the news that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had torn his left ACL and is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
The injury was confirmed by an MRI this morning, prematurely ending the three-time Pro Bowler’s second season with the Browns. Beckham suffered the injury in the first quarter as he went after Bengals cornerback Darius Philips, who had intercepted Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield’s first pass of the game.
Current and former athletes from different sports sent their well-wishes and voiced their support for Beckham after news of the injury was confirmed. Mayfield took to Instagram to dedicate the Browns’ win to their star wide receiver and revealed the inspiring words Beckham told him at halftime that fueled his performance in the win.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 25, 2020
Aside from Mayfield, Beckham’s other Cleveland teammates also voiced their support for the 27-year old, such as tight end David Njoku and defensive end Myles Garrett.
Godspeed my brother @obj 🤞🏿
— Chief David Njoku (@David_Njoku80) October 25, 2020
We gotta clean this shxt up, prayers up for my brotha O.
— Myles Garrett ⚡️ (@MylesLGarrett) October 25, 2020
Other players from around the league sent their love and support for the former New York Giant wideout, such as Kansas City Chiefs running back Tyreek Hill, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and Minnesota Vikings rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
OBJ my brother I’m praying for you 🙏🏿
— Ty Hill (@cheetah) October 26, 2020
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) October 26, 2020
— JJETS✈️ (@JJettas2) October 26, 2020
Former players such as cornerback Deion Sanders and offensive guard Damien Woody also took to social media to send their well-wishes to Beckham.
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) October 26, 2020
Come back stronger @obj….you got this 👊🏿
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) October 26, 2020
Even athletes from other sports such as NBA players Donovan Mitchell and Isaiah Thomas as well reigning English Premier champions Liverpool also sent their support to the two-time Second Team All-Pro member.
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) October 26, 2020
Praying for you bro @obj 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) October 26, 2020
— Liverpool FC USA (@LFCUSA) October 26, 2020
The Browns, now without their star wide receiver, will look to build on their win against the Bengals when they face the Las Vegas Raiders in their Week 8 game on Sunday.