Browns WR Odell Beckham has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the 2020 season. A smooth rehab should have him ready for the start of the 2021 campaign. His absence leaves Jarvis Landry as Cleveland's clear top WR the rest of the way. Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones look like the #2 and #3 WRs. Higgins ran a route on 97% of QB Baker Mayfield's drop backs yesterday, posting a 6-110 line on 6 targets. Peoples-Jones posted a 72% route rate and 3-56-1 line on 3 targets. Higgins is worth grabbing in fantasy leagues of 12+ teams. Peoples-Jones is a deeper-league stash.
Browns WR Odell Beckham is "feared to have suffered a major knee injury," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Beckham is scheduled for an MRI on the left knee on Monday morning to get an official diagnosis. We should know his fate by tomorrow afternoon. Beckham's absence would seemingly leave Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones as Cleveland's #2 and #3 WRs behind Jarvis Landry.
Browns WR Odell Beckham appeared to suffer a knee injury trying to make a tackle after a Baker Mayfield INT in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Bengals. He limped off to the locker room with trainers. Stay tuned for an update.
Update: The Browns are calling Beckham questionable to return.
Update: Beckham has been ruled out for the rest of the game. That leaves Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins as Cleveland's top 2 WRs.
Browns WR Odell Beckham (illness) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. He should be available for his usual role, despite missing Thursday and Friday’s practices.
Browns WRs Odell Beckham (illness) and Jarvis Landry (ribs, hip) are expected to play against the Steelers today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. OBJ got the green light when he turned in his 2nd negative COVID test. Landry only got in a limited practice on Friday this week, so he figures to be operating at less than 100% today.
Browns WR Odell Beckham is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Steelers after his 2nd COVID test came back negative, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. So OBJ is safe to get into Week 6 fantasy lineups.
Browns WR Odell Beckham (illness) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Steelers. He was sent home sick on Thursday and tested for COVID. That came back negative, but Beckham still needs 1 more negative test before he can re-join the team. He should be available on Sunday, but stay tuned to Shark Bites for updates.
Browns WR Odell Beckham's Thursday COVID test came back negative. He still needs 1 more negative test before he can re-join the team. But Beckham is on track to play against the Steelers on Sunday.
Browns WR Odell Beckham was sent home Thursday with an illness and was tested for COVID. The results of that test will be available tomorrow. If positive, Beckham obviously won't play against the Steelers this weekend. If it's a non-COVID illness, he should be available. Stay tuned.
Browns WR Odell Beckham (back) isn’t listed on the final Week 4 injury report. He was added on Thursday and limited in practice but returned to a full workout on Friday. OBJ brings extra upside this week with Cleveland likely to chuck it more as they try to keep up with the Cowboys.
Browns WR Odell Beckham was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a back issue. We don't have any other details right now. We'll see what OBJ is able to do in Friday's practice.
Sports Illustrated's Pete Smith notes that Browns WR Odell Beckham looks healthy early in training camp. "His speed isn't really what stands out. It's his cuts, changes of directions and ability to contort his body," Smith writes. "He made a few really impressive catches in Sunday's practice, but the most notable was working over the middle, going up for the ball, exposing his midsection and then as he catches, twisting his body around to start working up field." Beckham played the entire 2019 campaign with a core-muscle injury that required surgery in January. Now he's healthy, in his 2nd season with QB Baker Mayfield and playing under a more competent coaching staff. Beckham is an obvious bounce-back candidate.
Browns WR Odell Beckham is back to 100% after January sports hernia surgery, HC Kevin Stefanski said Thursday. Beckham disappointed with a 25th-place fantasy finish last year. But he played the entire season with a core-muscle injury, was operating in a new offense with a new QB and dealt with a questionable coaching staff. Stefanski's run-heavy history is a slight concern, but Beckham is still a prime bounce-back candidate in 2020.
The Browns have named Alex Van Pelt their OC. The former NFL QB has spent the past 14 seasons coaching in Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Cincinnati. He was an OC for just 1 of those years, though: for a 2009 Bills squad that ranked 30th in total yards and 28th in points with QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards. It's unclear whether Van Pelt or new HC Kevin Stefanski will call plays in Cleveland.
Browns WR Odell Beckham underwent core muscle surgery on Tuesday, the team announced. He reportedly played the entire 2019 campaign with a sports hernia. That helps to explain OBJ's disappointing season, although there were certainly other issues. We'll keep an eye on his rehab -- and then how he's fitting into new HC Kevin Stefanski's offense. Beckham could be a value in 2020 fantasy drafts and is an interesting trade target in dynasty leagues this offseason.
The Browns are set to hire Kevin Stefanski as their new HC. Stefanski has spent the past 14 seasons in Minnesota under multiple coaching staffs. He took over as interim OC late in the 2018 campaign and was named OC for 2019. The Vikings ranked 16th in total yards, 10th in yards per play and 8th in points this past year. They were the league's 3rd run-heaviest offense -- although assistant coach Gary Kubiak seemingly had a lot to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Stefanski's plans for a Browns offense loaded with talent.
The Browns have fired HC Freddie Kitchens. He seemed overmatched in his 1st go-around as a HC, leading the Browns to a disappointing 6-10 campaign. We'll see who Cleveland tabs as Kitchens' replacement. There's plenty of talent on this roster, so a big step forward in 2020 is plenty possible.
Browns WR Odell Beckham is questionable for today's finale against the Bengals primarily because of food poisoning late in the week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. But Rapoport adds that "the believe is his condition has improved enough so he can be on the field today." Sounds like we could very well get a weakened version of Beckham, though -- from the already disappointing version we've gotten all year.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Browns WR Odell Beckham is "playing through a painful sports hernia that will need surgery after the season." That couldn't certainly help to explain why the star WR has underwhelmed all year. Beckham indicated earlier this week that the issue has dogged him since training camp. Beckham remains a fantasy starter for today's matchup against the Bengals. But you might want to consider this news as you make the close calls to finalize your Week 14 lineup.
The forecast for today's Browns-Patriots game calls for a 100% chance of rain, with heavy rainfall at times possible. The wind will be at just 7-14 mph, so that shouldn't have a major impact. But this will be a wet one. We've made some slight adjustments to our projections for this game.
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