Odell Beckham Jr. claims he played back half of 2021 season 'without an ACL'

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Odell Beckham Jr. made quite the revelation on Saturday while reflecting on his 2021 Super Bowl champion season.

The star wide receiver, who remains a free agent after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, claims that he played the entire back half of the season with the Los Angeles Rams without an ACL.

Beckham did not elaborate exactly what he meant by this, but it seems to infer that his ACL was never 100% at the end of last year before he tore it in the Super Bowl.

This was the same ACL (the left knee) that he had torn during the 2020 season while a member of the Cleveland Browns.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed earlier this year on The Pat McAfee Show that Beckham’s surgery in 2020 “did not sound like it went as well as anyone would have hoped.” (19:58 below.)

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He added that there was some skepticism that Beckham’s knee was not fully healthy when the Rams signed him in the middle of the season after he was released by the Browns.

Regardless, Beckham seemed to have a resurgence after he signed with Los Angeles, hauling in 27 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight games.

He had two catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl before the ACL finally gave out.

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Rapoport said in his interview with McAfee that there was almost a sense of relief after Beckham tore the ACL again, because it would allow for the surgery to fix the knee the right way and the belief is the second surgery went much better.

It took Beckham 11 months to recover from the previous surgery and playoff-contending teams will surely be keeping a close eye on his progress to see if they can sign the 29-year-old receiver to help them on a Super Bowl run.

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