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The real reason Odell Beckham Jr. was inactive for Browns vs. Chiefs

Browns, Odell Beckham Jr., Odell Beckham Jr. injury

In the lead-up to the Cleveland BrownsKansas City Chiefs Week 1 matchup, all indicators appeared to point towards Odell Beckham Jr. being active and in the lineup for Cleveland. It came as a surprise to many when he was ruled inactive an hour before kickoff.

With many wondering if it was a decision made by the Browns’ training staff or OBJ, via Cleveland.com, it sounds like it was OBJ who knew he might not be good to go.

“He worked out before the game and didn’t feel like he could go a significant amount,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said after the game, “so we felt like it was the right thing to do to keep him inactive. We had four wide receivers up.”

OBJ is coming off a torn ACL that he suffered last October and has made big strides towards getting back on the field for the Browns. That opportunity will have to wait another week.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski noted that it will likely be another game-time decision in Week 2 for OBJ when Cleveland takes on the Houston Texans.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield tried to approach the game from both directions as it pertained to his star wideout either being available or being out.

“I had been preparing for both (Beckham to play or not play), to be quite honest with you,” quarterback Baker Mayfield said. “It’s a long season, we’ve got 16 more of these, and then whatever happens after that. so whenever he’s ready to come back and he feels he’s ready, we’re going to welcome him in with open arms.”

Cleveland will look to rebound after a tough, late loss to the Chiefs that dropped them to 0-1.