Odell Beckham Jr. Injury: Updates on LSU WR's Hip, Likely Return Date

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 29, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Odell Beckham Jr.
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LSU Tigers star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. exited Friday's Week 14 SEC clash against Arkansas in Baton Rouge with a hip injury.

Bryan Lazare of TigerBait.com reported on the matter:

Beckham has hip injury for #LSU.

— Bryan Lazare (@bldore) November 29, 2013

Beckham is part of a dynamic receiver tandem along with Jarvis Landry. Both players entered Friday with over 1000 yards receiving—the first time two players have accomplished that in the same season in program history.

The presence of pro-style offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has accelerated the development of cannon-armed quarterback Zach Mettenberger. 

That has allowed Beckham to make many explosive plays, as he boasted an average of 19.3 yards per catch before Week 14's battle for the Golden Boot and has scored eight touchdowns in 2013.

In addition to being the Tigers' leading receiver through 11 games, the junior playmaker returns punts and kicks with great effectiveness, too. Losing Beckham for any extended period of time will not only deprive Mettenberger of one of his invaluable weapons, but also will impact special teams.

Before leaving the gridiron against the Razorbacks, Beckham had only one catch for 16 yards, as LSU relied more heavily on the rushing attack led by running back Jeremy Hill.

The Tigers also lost Mettenberger to injury in the fourth quarter, but backup freshman QB Anthony Jennings orchestrated a winning 99-yard drive, leading LSU to a 31-27 victory.