Odell Beckham Jr. spent the offseason rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered in Week 7 of the 2020 season but won’t make his debut just yet
It’s a rematch that the Cleveland Browns have had marked on their calendar since the moment the NFL announced the schedule. It’s Week 1 of the 2021 season and the Browns are back in Kansas City for a rematch with the Chiefs. But the question has been — will they have Odell Beckham, Jr. with them this time?
When they lost to the Chiefs 22-17 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, there was no Beckham since he had torn his ACL in their Week 7 game against the Bengals. While the offense was perfectly fine without him during the regular season, his lack of speed was sorely missed when they played against the Chiefs.
Cleveland’s remaining wideouts had a tough time beating the man coverage that Kansas City was emploring and in the end, the Browns helped kill the clock for them. Beckham has even come out and said he felt as though he could have been the difference-maker in that game.
While we can’t go back to that game to find out, we might be able to see what a difference he can make in Week 1 during the rematch between the two teams. That is, if he can suit up after spending the week with the ‘questionable’ designation.
Odell Beckham, Jr. game-day status
The Browns wanted to wait until pre-game warm-ups to see what OBJ could do before deciding whether or not he could go against the Chiefs. With it being a 4:25 kickoff, we had to wait a bit longer to find out what his status would be.
After seeing him running with his team on the field, Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski decided it was best to keep him sidelined for their first game, playing it safe with his recovery.
It’s tough for fans who are excited to see but we have to remember Beckham is just 10 months removed from a terrible injury. He has worked incredibly hard to get to this point and it would be more devastating to see him re-injure himself due to being impatient.
The watch will now be on to see if he can play in Week 2 against the Texans.