BEREA, Ohio (923 The Fan) – Odell Beckham Jr.’s return will have to wait at least one more week.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski ruled Beckham out for this week’s home opener against the Houston Texans on Wednesday.
“I talked to Odell about it,” Stefanski said. “This is my decision and felt it was the right thing to do for this week.”
Stefanski indicated that Beckham has not suffered any setbacks in his return from a torn ACL that saw him undergo surgery early last November.
“He’s working really hard,” Stefanski said. “I think you see him working hard. I’m not going to put a timetable on it, but I think the guy’s working to get there.”
On Wednesday, Beckham went through drills as he's done to date during the portion of practice open to reporters but will be limited this week according to Stefanski.
Beckham was a day of game decision Sunday in Kansas City and was put on the inactive list 90 minutes before kickoff following a workout on the field.
Beckham was limited to individual and positional work throughout training camp. His first 7-on-7 rep didn’t come until August 25 and his first 11-on-11 rep with defenders on the field followed the next day.
Most of any team work that Beckham received leading up to the season was ‘on air’ or without a defender 1-on-1 and he has yet to go through any contact since returning to the practice field.
“Not a ton of teams, well, I shouldn’t speak for everybody, everybody doesn’t go live like they used to,” Stefanski said. “Some teams rest their starters for an entire preseason. There are guys you play and you haven’t been tackled to the ground until you do in the game. I wouldn’t say in this particular case that’s what’s missing.
“But I think with Odell, we’re just going to make sure that we continue to be smart about it, listen to him, he’s knows his body better than anybody and then we’ll make a decision that’s right for him and the team. Then we’ll kind of make that decision next week.”