CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have placed wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on the injured reserve list after the star receiver tore his ACL during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
Beckham suffered the knee injury on the Browns’ opening drive against the Bengals while attempting to make a tackle following an interception thrown his way by Baker Mayfield.
Beckham recorded 23 receptions for 319 yards and three touchdowns and added 72 rushing yards with one score this season.
The Browns said Beckham will be out for the remainder of the season.
The injury is another tough blow for Beckham, whose production has been limited in recent seasons because he can’t stay healthy. Beckham played in all 16 games last season, his first with Cleveland, but was hampered by a core muscle injury that required surgery in January.
Beckham, who turns 28 next week, was limited to 16 games combined in the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the New York Giants because of injuries.
It’s premature to speculate on Beckham’s future with the Browns, who acquired him before last season in a major trade.
When Beckham arrived in Cleveland, expectations surrounding the Browns soared. However, he struggled to find on-field chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield and there were grumblings that Beckham wanted to be traded as the Browns went 6-10.
Beckham rebuffed those rumors and said he was happy in Cleveland, where he’s been reunited with former LSU teammate and close friend Jarvis Landry.
Now that Beckham’s season is over, the Browns are expected to give more playing time to Rashard Higgins and rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones, who caught the game-winning TD to beat the Bengals with 11 seconds remaining.
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