Baker Mayfield: Odell Beckham’s sports hernia ‘wasn’t handled right’
Baker Mayfield’s comments about the handling of wide receiver Odell Beckham’s sports hernia injury are sure to cause a stir.
As was reported Sunday, Beckham has played the entire season while dealing with a sports hernia he suffered during training camp. After Cleveland’s win over Cincinnati, Mayfield acknowledged the injury and suggested that it should have been surgically repaired at the time.
Baker Mayfield spoke out on this, saying the sports hernia injury to Odell “wasn’t handled right. He’s not able to run as well as he should be able to — and that’s frustrating to him.” Mayfield indicated it should’ve been addressed surgically in camp. https://t.co/XaBj0U0cWZ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2019
Mayfield stating that the injury “wasn’t handled right” is certainly going to cause some people to think he’s criticizing the Browns’ medical staff. We don’t know what went into the decision, and it may well have been Beckham who decided to play through the injury, but the quote is going to raise some eyebrows.
Beckham had another modest day on Sunday, catching just two passes for 39 yards. He and Mayfield simply haven’t really formed the rapport that they hoped and expected when the Browns acquired the wide receiver.
UPDATE: Mayfield took to Twitter to apologize for his remarks less than an hour after making them.