Odell Beckham Jr. has been listed on the Cleveland Browns injury report every week this season. His injuries have been listed as a hip or groin injury, but now we know that he’s specifically been dealing with a serious sports hernia injury all year, per Ian Rapoport.
“[I’ve] been banged up all year since whatever happened in camp,” Beckham said. “Playing through whatever it is, just trying to make it through to Sunday. Any time Sunday comes around, I’m going to give the team everything I have.”
It’s a serious enough hernia that will require surgery after the season, according to the report as well.
OBJ has not missed a game this season, but dealing with this injury has, of course, limited him in practice explaining, at least in part, why he and Baker Mayfield haven’t been on the same page for some part of the season.
It’s tough for a wide receiver and quarterback to find consistent chemistry when they’re hardly ever practicing together, but Beckham Jr. is still on pace for another 1,000-yard season. The number that pops off the page of his stat line this season is just his two touchdowns, but he’s still caught 57 passes for 805 yards on 103 targets. He’s also averaging 14.1 yards per catch which would be his highest average since the 2015 season if that average stands.
Earlier in the week, OBJ was in the middle of trade rumors as he usually is, but was quick to shut down the rumors about him being unhappy playing in Cleveland. Those rumors will never completely die down, but with this news of the injury it’s safe to assume it adds to the unlikeliness of him being dealt elsewhere this offseason.