Beckham would make his season debut against the Bears; the receiver feels ready in all respects
BEREA, Ohio. – Odell Beckham Jr. he’s about to complete his comeback and finally play again.
But the Cleveland Browns star ready to make the decision official.
“We’ll see,” Beckham replied Thursday when asked if would make his season debut Sunday against the Chicago Bears. “I take it day by day.”
OBJ is coming back from a left knee injury that ended his last season, forcing him to sit on the bench for Cleveland in the first two weeks of this year. He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear on October 25, and was limited throughout training camp and practiced in the first two weeks of this season.
On Wednesday, head coach Kevin Stefanski said Beckham was “completely ready” to practice. Beckham was on the participant list for Thursday’s full practice.
“Everything is going smoothly,” Beckham said. “Part of the progression, I work on it. Everything feels good. I only go day by day ”.
The Browns hope to have the Pro Browl catcher back after losing another.
On Tuesday, Cleveland placed Jarvis Landy on injured reserve with a sprained left knee, so he will miss a minimum of three games. Landry suffered the injury after catching a pass on Cleveland’s first play last Sunday against the Houston Texans.
While these will be the first games Landry will miss in his career due to injury – although he was out of a game last year after being considered close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19– Beckham has suffered with injuries since arriving in Cleveland after a trade with the New York Giants in 2019.
In the first week of training camp two years ago, he suffered a hernia that limited him in training throughout the season. While Beckham played despite the injury, he had to undergo surgery shortly after the season.
Beckham returned in time for the start of 2020, only to suffer the knee injury in Week 7. At the time, Beckham had only 23 receptions for 319 yards, though he scored three times in a Week 4 win over the Dallas Cowboys. .
Despite losing Beckham, the Browns made the postseason for the first time since 2002. Cleveland was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by Kansas City and Beckham admitted he was “definitely looking forward” to playing the Chiefs two weeks ago. of being a left out after warming up by coach’s decision.
On Thursday, in his first interview since the start of training camp, Beckham said he is mentally and emotionally well and ready to show that he is still one of the league’s top receivers.
“I’m going to be excited,” he agreed. “I have worked very hard not only to recover, but also to improve and be better than I have ever been.”
“I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’s been a long time. A long time in that cave … It’s going to be special.”