The Cleveland Browns are entering Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans in fine health, although one big name was added to Thursday’s injury report.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. appeared on the list with the hip injury that kept him out of team drills and the club’s four preseason games.
Today’s injury report for #Browns and #Titans includes the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. as a full participant listed with a hip injury pic.twitter.com/BsLl7NMYhv— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) September 5, 2019
Beckham was a full participant in practice on Thursday, but has not been able to go full speed and compared the ailment to a car being out of alignment, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter:
“This is something I’ve never had to deal with. It’s like an extremely fast car with like a little alignment or something off. And it’s right in the center of what you need. Now, the car can still go, but it’s dangerous, you know what I mean? So, it’s just something I’ve been trying to figure out, in and out of rehab every single day. Never really dealt with anything like that.
“But it’s just something you have to deal with. We have a game Sunday, so it’s time to go. ... I’ll be running as fast as I can run. If that’s not a hundred [percent], I feel confident in myself that wherever I’m at, I’ll be ready to play with wherever I’m at.”
Even at less than 100 percent Beckham will still be the best offensive weapon on the field this Sunday, which is nice, as is Beckham’s hope that his hip will get better as the season progresses.
.@obj at the podium. https://t.co/nNFttreg6d— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 5, 2019
That might be a bit overly-optimistic on Beckham’s part, however, as the stress he will put on his hip - and have put on it by opposing tacklers - would seem to be counter-productive to healing.
For now, though, Beckham is full speed ahead, even if he may have to take his foot off the accelerator from time to time during the game.