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Odell Beckham Jr. undergoes successful core muscle surgery

Browns, Odell Beckham Jr.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. underwent successful core muscle surgery on Tuesday morning, according to Andrew Gribble of the Browns’ team website.

Beckham is expected to make a full recovery.

The 27-year-old dealt with the injury for much of the season, but played in every game, catching 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns in what was an overall disappointing debut campaign in Cleveland.

Beckham, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was originally selected by the New York Giants with the 12th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He instantly stamped his name among the best wideouts in the league during his rookie year, hauling in 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 scores in 12 games en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

Beckham went on to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, with his best year coming in 2015 when he snared 96 balls for 1,450 yards while reaching the end zone 13 times.

However, in 2017 and 2018, Beckham played in just 16 games across both campaigns due to various injuries, and his questionable antics on the field and controversial comments through the media resulted in the Giants deciding to trade him to the Browns last offseason, not even a year after signing him to a six-year contract extension.

As a result of a busy offseason in which Cleveland landed Kareem Hunt and some key defensive pieces in addition to acquiring Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns were expected by many to be Super Bowl contenders heading into 2019.

Instead, Cleveland went just 6-10 and missed the playoffs.