Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. not expected to play in preseason opener
The hype must continue. New Cleveland Browns weapon Odell Beckham Jr. was supposed to get his debut in a white, brown, and orange uniform tonight in the preseason game versus the Washington Redskins. But, that won’t happen.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports, via Twitter, that Beckham won’t play tonight. The reason being is unknown, but it is relatively easy to decipher. The wide receiver is considered to be amongst the best in the NFL, as his play proves, and doesn’t require extra reps in a meaningless game. Doing so is risking injury, even if it may be beneficial to take snaps in a new offense.
Beckham has been injury-free for training camp. He missed Monday’s practice due to illness, but, other than that, has been present and dominant. He returned the next day to continue his chemistry building with quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Beckham has an injury history. Since entering the NFL, he’s suffered a hip strain, hamstring tear, back bruise, hamstring pull, another hip strain, thumb sprain, ankle sprain, broken ankle, and a quad bruise. He’s missed 16 games in the last two seasons and five before. SportsInjuryPredictor.com flags him as a medium risk with a 52.6% chance of re-injury in 2019.
The Browns don’t want (and won’t) to test that.
Beckham is expected to play Week 1 of the regular season. Browns fans will have to wait a bit longer for the Jarvis Landry chemistry, one-handed grabs, and game-breaking runs. Until then, there is a fair share to be excited about.