Odell Beckham and the Browns are in the midst of a miserable season in which they’ve fallen way short of lofty expectations. But one possible reason for Beckham’s underwhelming year has emerged.
The 27-year-old wide receiver has been playing through a sports hernia, according to NFL Network, which described the ailment as “serious and often painful.”
While Beckham hasn’t missed a game, the injury would at least partially explain why Beckham is having such a disappointing first season in Cleveland as he enters Sunday with 57 catches, 805 yards and only two touchdowns.
“[I’ve] been banged up all year since whatever happened in camp,” Beckham said during the week. “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.”
NFL Network reported the hernia will require offseason surgery, but Beckham told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that a surgery decision has not yet been made.
Beckham raised plenty of eyebrows during the week when he suggested his future with the Browns is up in the air, telling reporters, “I couldn’t sit here and tell you whether I’m going to be here, want to be here, don’t want to be here. This is exactly where I’m at now and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.”
His attempt to clarify his comments on Twitter but didn’t exactly address what he said. “I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland, just like everyone else I’m hopeful for better results. Period. Next story plzz,” Beckham wrote.