Browns lose Odell Beckham Jr. to torn ACL

27 Oct 2020 / 00:20 H.

    Odell Beckham Jr. is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

    Beckham was hurt on the second snap of the game for the Cleveland Browns, who beat the Cincinnati Bengals to improve to 5-2 on Sunday.

    "Odell Beckham Jr. ... the energy he brings to energy and games, no one else is going to be able to bring that type of juice," Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday.

    Beckham was injured in the first quarter attempting to chase down Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips. The injury is likely to require surgery in early November and will keep Beckham in a limited physical capacity for six to nine months. The Browns confirmed the injury on Monday morning.

    "I am probably going to beat myself up about that one for a long time," quarterback Baker Mayfield said Sunday. "He is a guy who fights for this team, and in doing that, he got hurt. Prayers and hopes for the best. That one sucks."

    Beckham, running back Nick Chubb (knee) and tight end Austin Hooper (appendicitis) were out, but Mayfield led the Browns to a win Sunday by completing 21 straight passes. He said he was driven by Beckham's words at halftime, when he told the quarterback to "Go be great." He finished the game with five touchdown passes.

    "Odell going down mid-game is not great, but we had a ton of guys step up," Mayfield said after the game. "You never want to have to go through that, but this team is resilient, and our guys showed that today."

    Beckham, who turns 28 on Nov. 5, has 23 receptions for 319 yards and three touchdowns this season. Acquired from the New York Giants in 2019, he played in all 16 games last season and collected 74 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.

    In other injury news, Stefanski said the knee injury will keep Chubb sidelined on Sunday when the Browns host the Las Vegas Raiders, but he could return after the team's bye. The Browns face the Houston Texans on Nov. 15.

    "I know he's on schedule and I wouldn't be shocked if he's ahead of schedule," Stefanski said.

    --Field Level Media

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