Report: Odell Beckham Jr. Feared to Have 'Major' Knee Injury; Will Undergo MRI

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2020

CORRECTS TO FIRST HALF - Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) is helped off the field in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. is feared to have a major left knee injury and will undergo an MRI on Monday after exiting Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

"Sometimes [it’s] hard to know for sure," a Browns source told Adam Schefter of ESPN of the injury to Beckham. "Obviously hope we dodge a bullet.”

Cleveland does not have a "definitive diagnosis" on Beckham's injury, per Schefter.

Beckham went down attempting to make a play after a first-quarter Baker Mayfield interception. He did not return.

Prior to Cleveland's Week 6 game, the wide receiver had been sent home from practice as a result of an illness. Beckham did play against the Pittsburgh Steelers that Sunday, catching two passes for 25 yards.

"I think we've been on high alert," head coach Kevin Stefanski said October 15. "I think that's just 2020. We just make sure that we're following every protocol there is and keep everybody safe."

Beckham has often been able to play through injuries, as he did last season when he was limited by a core muscle issue. He played all 16 games but underwent surgery in the offseason.

The 27-year-old was also sidelined by a variety of issues during his time with the New York Giants, most notably an ankle injury that cost him 12 games in 2017.

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The New Orleans native has showed he can still be a difference-maker when on the field, as evidenced by his three-touchdown effort in a Week 4 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2020, the three-time Pro Bowler has 319 receiving yards with four total touchdowns. 

Depth could be an issue for Cleveland if Beckham misses more time, with Jarvis Landry the only other proven receiver on the roster. Rashard Higgins could see more snaps and targets until the team is back to full strength.