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#pounditFriday, April 16, 2021

Odell Beckham Jr. says he played through two hamstring tears

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Is there anything that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could have done to impress you more during his rookie season? What if we told you he played at nowhere near full strength?

After he caught five passes for 89 yards in Team Michael Irvin’s win over Team Cris Carter at the Pro Bowl on Sunday, Beckham revealed that the hamstring injuries he was dealing with through the first several weeks of the regular season never fully healed.

“They healed up enough to where I could play with them, but they were never truly good and I’m still just working on them and trying to get ready,” he said, per Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.

More specifically, the NFL’s Rookie of the Year said he played through two tears in his right hamstring. The tears apparently occurred during the first day of training camp.

“I should be good by training camp,” Beckham said. “The plan is to play at full strength next season, and I definitely hope to do it. I’m just looking forward to getting healthy.”

If you remember, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin went off on reporters back in September when he was tired of being asked about his first-round draft pick. At the time, it seemed like Coughlin was just as annoyed with Beckham as he was with the media.

Beckham made his debut about a month later and ended up with 91 catches, 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games. He also made arguably the best catch you will ever see in your life. All that with two tears in his hamstring? This guy is a freak of nature.

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