He suited up but didn’t play in the team’s first exhibition game against the Washington Redskins and also sat out team drills during Wednesday’s joint practice with the Indianapolis Colts.
Freddie Kitchens revealed why OBJ has been on the sideline recently during his media session following Wednesday’s practice.
“He has a little bit of something going on that we expect him back pretty soon,” Kitchens said.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that “little something” is a hip pointer.
“Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. sat out the team portion of practice Wednesday with what I am told is a hip pointer,” Graziano tweeted. “Team is not concerned about a long-term absence. Odell attended practice and took part in individual drills. Possible he gets back in team stuff tomorrow, not certain.”
Here’s how UPMC Sports Medicine describes the injury:
A hip pointer is a deep bruise to the ridge of bone on the upper outside of your hip, called the iliac crest. It’s often a result of a direct blow to the hip or a hard fall.
Hip pointer symptoms include pain and tenderness. Recovery from the injury usually involves taking a break from activity until it heals.
However, Cleveland.com disputed Graziano’s report, as did multiple reports that emerged late in the day.
Timeline for Odell Beckham Jr. Return to Browns
Kitchens added that he expects OBJ back in team drills pretty soon.
“I think he will be ready to go mentally,” Kitchens said. “We just have to wait and get him ready physically, but he will be there.”
When asked if Beckham would be ready to go for the team’s second preseason game against the Colts on Saturday, Kitchens responded: “We haven’t decided yet. He probably could play though,” according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Odell Beckham’s Recent Injury History
Beckham has appeared to be healthy during training camp after missing 16 games in the last two season combined, but expressed shocking concerns leading up to camp to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
“While OBJ told me he is feeling really good coming into this year — and I want to emphasis he said he was feeling really good — he also told me this quote which I thought was interesting,” Anderson said, before reading off the quote. “‘Getting through this year is something I’m going to have to work on every day because my left leg is doing all the work compared to my right. That’s why I’ve had all those injuries on the right side.”‘
Beckham has only played in 16 games once in his five-year career. He suffered a hamstring ailment his rookie season, a broken ankle two years ago that required surgery and a nasty quad injury last season that Anderson revealed was a tear, not a bruise, which was previously reported.
Anderson went on to say that OBJ does not believe people understand the severity of the injuries he has suffered and that the compensation issues in his legs go all the way back to his high school playing days where she says he suffered a “fractured back.”
“Odell told me his goal coming into training camp is obviously to get better with the team, but from his body standpoint, to focus on achieving more balance with his lower body and to attain an equilibrium,” Anderson said.
Browns Offense Clicking Even With Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry on the Sideline
Led by Baker Mayfield, the first-team Browns offense has looked impressive so far this preseason.
Baker Mayfield was 6 for 7 for 77 yards, tossing a touchdown to Rashard Higgins to conclude the scoring drive that took just over two minutes. That was with both Jarvis Landry and Beckham on the bench.
The offense impressed again at the joint practice with the Colts, reportedly “torching” Indy’s first-team defense.
Most of the Browns starters didn’t play more than a series against the Redskins last week, and it’s unknown at this time how much run they’ll get against the Colts when the teams suit up on Saturday.