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Odell Beckham Jr. Won't Sit Out Season Despite Injuries, Says Browns HC Kitchens

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2019

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) talks with head coach Freddie Kitchens at the team's NFL football training facility in Berea, Ohio, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens dismissed the possibility of shutting Odell Beckham Jr. down for the remainder of the 2019 NFL season despite the fact that the star receiver is dealing with hip and groin injuries.  

Kitchens told reporters Monday sitting Beckham is a nonstarter because he "wants to be there for his teammates."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Beckham is suffering from a "painful sports hernia injury," a problem that stems all the way back to training camp. Rapoport added the three-time Pro Bowler will have surgery in the offseason.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @NFLGameDay: #Browns WR Odell Beckham needs sports hernia surgery, but he'll play today vs. the #Bengals. ... Meanwhile, as the #Rams get ready to unleash Todd Gurley, limiting carries has worked -- He's as fast now as he was in Week 1, based on practice metrics. https://t.co/GvrOOSakgN

Following Cleveland's 27-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Baker Mayfield criticized how the team had addressed Beckham's health. Mayfield also suggested the wideout might have only missed the first two games of the regular season if he had undergone surgery in the summer.

Kitchens addressed those comments during Monday's press conference:

Jake Trotter @Jake_Trotter

Freddie Kitchens on Baker Mayfield criticizing the Browns training staff regarding Odell Beckham’s hip/groin injury: “We don’t want him addressing other players’ injuries in that manner.” https://t.co/VWuxTm5cf1

That isn't the only fire the team is attempting to put out. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer also reported Beckham has indicated to others outside of the Browns he wants to leave Cleveland:

FOX Sports: NFL @NFLonFOX

Does Odell Beckham Jr. really want out of Cleveland? @JayGlazer has the latest: https://t.co/5XEDYj6Iba

Beckham's future became a storyline when he cryptically addressed a question regarding his status with the Browns for next season. He subsequently took to Twitter to downplay the story:

Odell Beckham Jr @obj

Ok😑😑😑... I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland, just like everyone else I’m hopeful for better results. Period. Next story plzz 😭 ...

Kitchens also told reporters he hasn't heard anything from from OBJ regarding a possible exit.

At 6-7, the Browns are two games out of the final wild-card spot in the AFC. If they have played Beckham at less than 100 percent all year, then shutting him down now wouldn't make any sense with the playoffs still on the table.

In the event Cleveland is eliminated from postseason contention, taking Beckham off the field would be the most sensible move.

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