Odell Beckham Jr. claims he played “back half of season without an ACL”

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Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tore his ACL in Super Bowl LVI. Unless he didn’t.

As Beckham tells it, the failure of the new ACL he received after tearing it during the 2020 season against the Bengals in Cincinnati didn’t happen against the Bengals in L.A.

Beckham has disclosed on Twitter that he “really played the whole back half of the season without an ACL, and won a Super Bowl!”

If true, this means the injury happened during the 2021 regular season, presumably at the midpoint of it. And it invites speculation as to whether it happened when he was with the Browns or when he was with the Rams.

If it happened with the Browns, how did he pass the exit physical in Cleveland? How did he pass the entry physical in L.A.?

The truth is that those examinations usually don’t entail a full-blown MRI unless there’s a reason for it. If Beckham’s knee was sufficiently stable when checked manually (if it was even checked manually), there would be no reason to examine whether the ACL had or hadn’t torn.

It also means that, against the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, the knee suddenly lost stability when he cut on the artificial surface at SoFi Stadium, causing things to abruptly and painfully move around and making it impossible for him to continue.

He has since had surgery to repair the ACL for a second time. And he continues to wait for his next team in large part because no one has been willing to roll the dice on the possibility that he won’t be ready to play until late in the regular season. The last time he had the same injury repaired, 11 months passed before he was cleared.

The Rams continue to claim that they want him. The longer they wait, however, the greater the chance some other team that could benefit from his presence and his skills may try to swoop in and snatch him. I’m watching the Buccaneers (given the longstanding mutual admiration between OBJ and TB12), the Vikings (where former Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell is now the head coach), the Packers (based on their obvious need at the position), the Bills (could you imagine Beckham in that offense?), the Chiefs (with Tyreek Hill gone, there’s receiver who commands extra attention), the Patriots (they were quietly in the hunt for him last year), and the Bengals (OBJ with Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase, and Tee Higgins would be something to behold).

Typically, the Super Bowl winner has to worry about being raided for its free agents. It happened with Von Miller. It hasn’t happened with Beckham. It still could. Really, why isn’t one of the other NFC contenders eyeing Beckham not just for what he could do for them, but for what his absence would mean to the Rams?

Sure, they were fine without him after his injury in the Super Bowl. But he was the best offensive player on the field before the injury. That game wouldn’t have been as close as it was if Beckham had been there for the full 60 minutes, and Beckham would have been able to say not just that he won a Super Bowl without an ACL, but that he won the Super Bowl MVP award without one.

39 responses to “Odell Beckham Jr. claims he played “back half of season without an ACL”

  1. I figure OBJ is limited to exactly what he gave the Rams.Back half of the season cameo appearance for a playoff run.

  2. He didn’t play with a torn ACL. It’s physically impossible to make the cuts needed with a torn ACL. Guy is just an egomaniac and wants to pump himself up in the memory book.

  3. Poor idell. Why would he make a fool of himself with comments Like this. He’s a cancer. Just a bad me first team mate. He doesn’t deserve a nice pike o money flor ee oh. He’s gotta plenty for being a diva and quitting on teams

  4. Have all the doctors that say it’s medically impossible to play with no or a torn ACL not heard of Hines Ward, Thurman Thomas or John Elway? #SMH

  5. There is plenty of people who continually work with torn acl mcl and other bad injuries why should we feel pity for this Diva

  6. If we took everything we hear at face value, we wouldn’t have a very clear idea of reality.

  7. If that’s the truth, why wasn’t it reported on the weekly injury reports?

  8. I remember the good ol days when real men that had class didn’t have to brag on what they did, how they did it and how great they thought they were-they let everyone else do that for’em!

  9. So What? Big Ben once played an entire playoff came with both arms ripped off with veins and arteries just squirting blood everywhere for 60 minutes. Set a PTIT passing record that day . . . just ask him!

  10. This will end in a lawsuit against Cleveland no? Browns gonna brown.

  11. >Odell Beckham Jr. claims he played “back half of season without an ACL”… that’s nothing. I played my senior year of HS football without a leg.

  12. The Packers never invest in guys that have one foot in the grave, athletically. Never. In fact, they unload guys like him when the writing first begins to show on the wall. Linemen, linebackers, running backs, receivers……they all get released or unsigned when they get to the “maybe, maybe not” phase of their careers. There are some misses of course (Bakhtiari, anyone?,) but the Packers are pretty good at appraising experienced talent and I’m guessing he’ll never play for the Packers.

  13. Maybe he did. It’s possible. OG football guys did it. They called it a “trick knee”. Heck, one of the quickest documented return to play recovery times from ACL surgery was a soccer player on the the USWNT — 15wks (or something close to that).

  14. No OBJ injury and no horrible awful missed facemask call = Rams win 30-10

    Q.E.D.

  15. Is he claiming he had zero ACL’s? It wouldn’t surprise me that he’d say something that dumb.

  16. He had 4 really good years with the giants (which are well into the rear view mirror) and since has averaged about 300 yards per season. Giants were stupid to sign him to an extension but smart to pull the plug when they did. Probably get a 1 year incentive laden contract as a depth piece at this point. Any team that does more is nuts.

  17. These comments are baffling. The reality is that Rams wouldn’t have won the division, nor made it to the Super Bowl, without Beckham’s outstanding play in December and January.

  18. We all saw it happen in real time. So I guess it was torn but then it got really, really torn.

  19. The Packers never invest in guys that have one foot in the grave, athletically. Never. In fact, they unload guys like him when the writing first begins to show on the wall. Linemen, linebackers, running backs, receivers……they all get released or unsigned when they get to the “maybe, maybe not” phase of their careers. There are some misses of course (Bakhtiari, anyone?,) but the Packers are pretty good at appraising experienced talent and I’m guessing he’ll never play for the Packers.

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    Never? John Hadl? Dave Osborn?

  20. Wish we could get OBJ in Minny. We’re in serious need of a #1 WR.

  21. John Hadl? Dave Osborn? Wow! You win the archaeology award for digging up those meaningless tidbits.

  22. The 1974 Packers roster was nowhere near competing for a division title much less a Super Bowl

  23. John Hadl? Dave Osborn? Wow! You win the archaeology award for digging up those meaningless tidbits.

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    Never means NEVER.

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