Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has not enjoyed the level of success he is used to during his first season with the Browns.
One of the major reasons for that is because he has been dealing with a sports hernia all season that will require surgery once the season comes to a close, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
From @NFLGameDay: #Browns WR Odell Beckham needs sports hernia surgery, but he'll play today vs. the #Bengals. ... Meanwhile, as the #Rams get ready to unleash Todd Gurley, limiting carries has worked -- He's as fast now as he was in Week 1, based on practice metrics. pic.twitter.com/GvrOOSakgN— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2019
Beckham has not missed a game this year, but the injury has impacted his practice time as he has been practicing on a limited basis more often than not since Week 8.
While he did not specifically talk about the nature of his injury during his media session on Thursday, Beckham did talk about how he has been playing through something all season, according to Nate Ulrich at The Beacon Journal:
“I’ve been pretty much banged up all year since whatever happened in camp. I’ve been playing through it, doing whatever I can just to make it to Sunday for the game. So anytime that Sunday comes around, 1 o’clock, 4 o’clock, 8, Monday night, Thursday, I’m going to give this team everything that I have, no matter what.”
Even with the injury, Beckham has been able to put up respectable results as he has 57 receptions for 805 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 14.1 yards per reception.
Depending on how the final four games of the season go, it is possible that Beckham and the Browns could decide to shut him down for the year and let him get the surgery out of the way.