The Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will not know the extent of Beckham’s knee injury until Monday, but early reports are not encouraging.
Beckham injured his left knee on Cleveland’s second offensive play of the game while making an awkward tackle attempt following an interception by quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Beckham was ruled out for the rest of the game in the second quarter. Following Cleveland’s win, the news started to come out about the extent of the injury and it is not good, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
#Browns WR Odell Beckham, who was knocked out of today’s game early, is feared to have suffered a major knee injury, source said. He’ll have an MRI in the morning and perhaps there will be some better news, but early indications aren’t good.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2020
Head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed that Beckham will have an MRI on Monday, but would not speculate any further about the extent of the injury.
But news continued to trickle out that the Browns are “bracing for bad news,” according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo:
Teammates have noticed how distraught Beckham was following the injury. Everyone bracing for bad news here. https://t.co/YpTckDPQHS— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 25, 2020
The Browns have been down this road before as there were similar fears when running back Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury during the Week 4 win against the Dallas Cowboys. While Chubb avoided a major injury, his knee injury still landed him on injured reserve.
Beckham has 23 receptions for 319 yards and three touchdown receptions, plus a rushing touchdown, on the season.