Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. undergoes knee surgery in Florida

Odell Beckham Jr.’s road to recovery has initiated. The Cleveland Browns announced that the Pro Bowl wide receiver underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL on Tuesday. Per the Browns’ statement, Beckham should be ready to go for the 2021 season.

“Odell Beckham Jr. underwent successful surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee,” the team statement read. “The surgery was performed early today by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Pensacola, Florida. Beckham is expected to be ready for the 2021 season.”

Beckham’s second season in Cleveland ended in the first quarter of a Week 7 matchup versus the Cincinnati Bengals. On a downfield throw, Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield was looking to connect with Beckham, but the pass was a little behind the receiver. It was an easy interception for Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips, who simply turned around and hauled in the pass.

As Philips started to run it back, Beckham gave chase on the play. The Browns wideout leapt to try to bring Phillips down from behind, but Beckham’s knee collided with one of his own offensive linemen. He immediately went down to the ground while clutching his knee.

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Through the first six matches of the 2020 season, Beckham caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Since joining the Browns prior to the 2019 season, Beckham has notched 97 receptions for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also rushed the ball six times for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Browns general manager Andrew Berry compared the loss of Beckham to the loss of running back Nick Chubb who’s missed time with an MCL sprain.

“I think it is a little bit like what I discussed with Nick where Odell is one of the best receivers in the league,” Berry said. “A loss of a player of that caliber, you do not just realistically, fully replace (with one player). It will take a bit of a committee approach.

After Beckham was injured early in the Bengals game, Rashard Higgins and rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones combined for nine receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown. Last week, versus the Raiders, Higgins had one reception for 14 yards, while Peoples-Jones had no receptions or targets, as he was only in on four offensive snaps.

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