Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has suffered a torn ACL, which puts an end to his 2020 season.
Beckham attained the injury on Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals when he tried to make a tackle after an interception by Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips.
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The three-time Pro Bowler walked off the field under his own power, but went right to the locker room where he was initially called questionable to return, but was quickly downgraded to out with an MRI pending.
It’s another devastating ending to a season for Beckham, who posted 23 catches for 319 yards and three TDs this year, and for the Browns that are currently on track of having their best start since 1994, and having a glance upon their first postseason appearance in 18 years.
“Incredibly disappointed for him,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters on Monday, per Cleveland.com. “I know injuries are part of this game, but hate to see that. Obviously, very disappointed for him.”
Coach Stefanski also added that one of the difficulties will be duplicating the energy Beckham brings to the field during practice and in games.
“No one else is going to be able to bring that type of juice,” he said. “But it’s our job to find the guys that can go compete and we’ll put them in spots where they can succeed and think we’ll be able to do that.”
“It’s not easy. I don’t want to have to do it and I’m very disappointed for Odell but that’s the nature of this beast. Injuries are part of this thing and that doesn’t mean any of us have to like it, but we do have to deal with it.”
The Browns have suffered several injuries this season, but most of them are acknowledged that they will be back at some point this season. Unfortunately, Beckham’s season is over and his impact will likely be felt throughout the team.
The Browns will likely have to lean in to their tight ends more and utilize players like Rashard Higgins to step up and try to cover up Beckham’s spot.