Browns lose star WR Odell Beckham Jr. to season-ending ACL tear

The 5-2 Browns suffered a huge loss Sunday when Odell Beckham Jr. tore his ACL.

Cleveland was somehow able to pick up a 37-34 win Sunday at Cincinnati, but it took a major
blow in the process.

Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season,
Cleveland announced Monday morning. He was attempting to make a tackle after Baker
Mayfield threw a first-quarter interception.

“Obviously it’s a big loss,” Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday. “He’s a huge
part of what we do. So now we’ll just have to huddle up, and find some different ways and find
some different people and put them in that role.”

Beckham Jr. has the second-most receiving yards on the team with 319, trailing only Jarvis
Landry. He has been the top target for Mayfield, though, catching 23 passes on 43 targets.

“I’m probably going to beat myself up about that one (interception) for a long time,” Mayfield
said. “He’s a guy who fights for this team, and in doing that, he got hurt…it sucks.”

Mayfield had an excellent second half, throwing three separate go-ahead touchdown passes in
the fourth quarter of a 37-34 win. He told reporters that Beckham told him to “go be great” at
halftime, which is exactly what he did.

Injuries have become an unfortunate reality during Beckham’s tenure with Cleveland. He
struggled with a hip and groin injury during training camp in 2019, which continued to be an
issue during the season. He had surgery in January to fix the issue.

Cleveland will now need even more production from Landry, tight end Austin Hooper wideout
Rashard Higgins. Rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones is also expected to see more action going
forward.

“You never replace a player of Odell’s caliber with one player,” Stefanski said. “It’s going to
take multiple guys. That’s the challenge we have and I think our guys will be up to the
challenge.”

Cleveland is off to a 5-2 start, but it trails the 5-1 Ravens and 6-0 Steelers in a competitive NFC
North division. Baltimore and Pittsburgh will square off next week.

The Browns are 12/1 to win the division, with Baltimore at -120 and Pittsburgh at +110.
Cleveland is 25/1 to win the AFC and 50/1 to win the Super Bowl.

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