Odell Beckham Jr. Out For The Season With Left ACL Tear

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  • Odell Beckham Jr. is out for the season with a left ACL tear.
  • Beckham suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Browns’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7.
  • The Browns are a +1400 to win the AFC North and a +2500 to win the AFC Conference this season.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s season is over.

The Cleveland Browns announced on Monday that their star wide receiver tore the ACL of his left knee. Beckham left their game against the Cincinnati Bengals after hurting his ankle. Team officials and fans hoped for the best but their biggest fears came true after an MRI:

Beckham was hurt midway through the the first quarter of their Sunday game in Cincinnati. OBJ was trying to make a tackle after Mayfield’s first pass to him was picked off by Darius Phillips. Beckham appeared to hurt his ankle while trying to leap over a Bengals player:

No Stranger To Injuries

OBJ currently leads the Browns with four touchdowns-three through the air and one on the ground. He ranks second on the team in catches with 23 catches. Beckham has logged in a total of 319 receiving yards and 72 rushing yards. No matter what you think about those numbers, the Browns definitely lost a big-time playmaker for the rest of the season and that stings.

Beckham is no stranger to injuries. After playing 43 out of a possible 48 games (90%) during his first three NFL seasons, he’s appeared in 39 out of a possible 64 games in the last four seasons. He played in only 4 games in 2017 due to an ankle fracture. He missed the final four games of 2018 with a quad injury. His stint in Cleveland has been no different.

He suffered a hip and groin injury during last season’s training camp and those hampered him all season long. Despite the injuries, he still caught 1,000 yards but only had four touchdowns. Last January, he underwent surgery to repair the injury. He and the Browns looked good to start the year, but now he will have to wait until 2021 to make big plays again.

Opens The Door For Others To Shine

OBJ is a big loss to the Browns but it’s not that he’s irreplaceable. In fact, it opens the door for the team’s other receivers to shine. During their Week 7 win over Cincinnati, the Browns’ offense looked more fluid as they were able to spread the ball around without Beckham.

Rashard Higgins led the team with six catches for 110 receiving yards. Donovan Peoples-Jones also had a big game with three catches for 56 yards and the game-winning TD grab. Cleveland’s tight ends also had a big outing with Harrison Bryant finding the endzone twice and David Njoku adding a score as well.

Cleveland also has a modest schedule moving forward. They host the Las Vegas Raiders next. After a bye, the Browns host the Texans and Eagles before hitting the road against the Jaguars. Cleveland still has to play the Titans, Ravens, and Steelers but with games against the Giants and Jets mixed in between, this is a team that has a legit chance of making this year’s expanded playoffs.

Browns’ Odds

Before OBJ was hurt, sportsbook BetOnline.ag had the Browns a distant third in their odds board to win the AFC North division at +1400, behind the Ravens ( -110) and Steelers (-105). That line isn’t expected to change at all given the success of both Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The Browns though, have tumbled in the odds to win the AFC. They were hovering at a +1800 before the injury but are now listed at +2500 in the current Conference odds. That’s not a matter of great consequence though.

Cleveland was a -182 to clinch a playoff spot before the Bengals game and it will be interesting to see how that line moves. But given that the Browns have plenty of winnable games left on their schedule, their odds to make the postseason shouldn’t take a hit.

The Browns are 3rd in the AFC North but with a 5-2 record, they can easily make the playoffs given that the expanded playoff pool this season will have three wild card spots. The Raiders are going to be tough and the Browns aren’t expected to beat the Titans, Ravens, and Steelers. But if they win against the Texans, Eagles, Jaguars, Giants, and Jets, Cleveland finishes at 10-6 and that should be enough to put them through.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.