Cleveland Browns wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry entered the offseason with the prospect of surgery looming over them.
Beckham dealt with a core muscle injury all season and he had the injury surgically repaired on Tuesday.
Odell Beckham Jr. undergoes successful core muscle surgery— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 21, 2020
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The surgery was performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia, was deemed successful and a full recovery is expected, according to the team’s website.
Beckham’s injury is similar to the sports hernia that running back Kareem Hunt dealt with last season and the recovery time is generally six to eight weeks, which means that Beckham should be healed in time for the team’s offseason program. (Which also means that fans and the media can re-new the debate over the definition of voluntary in voluntary workouts.)
Meanwhile, Landry will not need surgery for his injured hip, which was first reported by Nate Ulrich at The Beacon Journal:
Good to see #Browns have confirmed what a league source told me this morning — Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry is not expected to undergo offseason hip surgery. Here's the story on the positive development https://t.co/KTrY8c10Y1— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) January 21, 2020
Landry played the entire season with a fractured sacrum that caused problems with his hip. If he had opted for surgery, Landry would have been facing six to eight months of rehabilitation, which could have sidelined him until after the start of the 2020 season.
Landry is planning to participate in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on Wednesday and play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl Game, so hopefully nothing happens to his hip that puts surgery back on the table as an option.
Even with their injuries, Landry led the Browns with 83 receptions for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns, while earning his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Beckham finished the season with 74 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.
That marked the first time in franchise history that two wide receivers surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.