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#pounditTuesday, September 21, 2021

Report: Odell Beckham playing through ‘serious’ injury that will require surgery

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Odell Beckham Jr has been battling an injury since training camp, and apparently it is one that is serious enough to require surgery.

Beckham has been listed on the Cleveland Browns’ injury report the entire season, sometimes with a hip ailment and more recently with a groin injury. He has not missed a game, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday that Beckham has been dealing with “a serious and often painful sports hernia injury.” He will have to undergo surgery when the season ends.

Sports hernias are often characterized as hip or groin injuries, so it has likely been the same injury for Beckham since the preseason. He has missed a significant amount of practice time and alluded to his health being an issue on a few different occasions.

“Been banged up all year since whatever happened in camp,” Beckham said this week. “Playing through whatever it is, just trying to make it through to Sunday. Any time Sunday comes around, I’m going to give the team everything I have.”

While Beckham is still on pace for a 1,000-yard season, he has not established the type of chemistry with Baker Mayfield that the Browns had hoped he would. As Rapoport notes, the amount of practice time the star receiver has missed is clearly a factor.

Beckham was the subject of trade rumors prior to the deadline, and there has been speculation that the Browns could look to move him this offseason. OBJ didn’t exactly throw cold water on that talk with some comments he made earlier in the week, but it is even less likely that he will be traded if he needs to undergo surgery.

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