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Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. will miss remainder of season because of torn knee ligament

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is helped off the field in the first half
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is helped off the field after suffering a torn left knee ligament during Sunday’s 37-34 win at Cincinnati.
(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

Odell Beckham Jr.'s second season with Cleveland ended painfully and prematurely.

The star wide receiver suffered a torn left knee ligament during Sunday’s 37-34 win at Cincinnati, a devastating personal blow for Beckham and a setback to the Browns, who are off to their best start since 1994 and eyeing a playoff spot.

Beckham got hurt when his left leg buckled while he was trying to make a tackle after Baker Mayfield’s first pass was intercepted by Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips.

An MRI taken Monday in Cleveland confirmed the diagnosis of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The team said Beckham will be placed on injured reserve, but there is no immediate word on when he’ll undergo surgery.

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Typically, it takes nine months to one year to recover from a torn ACL.

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, and the Pittsburgh Steelers remained perfect by defeating the Tennessee Titans.

On what became his final play of 2020, Beckham was chasing Phillips down the sideline when his leg got twisted awkwardly. He immediately grabbed it, was taken directly to the Browns locker room and didn’t return.

The Browns (5-2) played well without Beckham, who for all his talent hasn’t been able to make a strong connection with Mayfield since arriving in a blockbuster trade from the New York Giants before last season. The three-time Pro Bowler played most of 2019 with a core muscle injury that required offseason surgery.

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After Beckham went out Sunday, Mayfield completed 21 consecutive passes and threw five touchdown passes — matching a franchise record — as the Browns outlasted the Bengals.

The torn ACL is the latest injury for Beckham, who was the AP’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014 after being drafted with the No. 12 overall pick by New York. He made the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons, but was limited to four games in 2017 with a broken ankle and 12 games in 2018 with a bruised quadriceps.


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