Odell Beckham Jr. will debut on Sunday for the Cleveland Browns with a mysterious hip injury.
It’s not a hip pointer or flexor— it’s actually completely undiagnosed.
On his own terms, during a routine press conference earlier in the week, Beckham said that he has a nagging hip injury that has slowed him down in practice. He ensured everyone he’d be on the field for Sunday’s game but wasn’t confident he would be at full health.
“It’s like an extremely fast car with the alignment off,” Beckham told reporters on Thursday. “The car can still go, but it’s dangerous.”
On Friday, Beckham practiced fully. He wasn’t on the team’s injury report. The only player questionable for Sunday is rookie linebacker Sione Takitaki.
Where’d this injury come from? How’d it happen? Why is it still lingering?
Those are all the questions that make this injury suspicious. Many pundits around Cleveland believe Beckham could be exaggerating and will be at full speed come Sunday.
Perhaps this mysterious injury is just to add fuel to the home locker room before the highly anticipated opener. Maybe this is how Beckham motivates himself. Or, maybe he’s actually injured.
Whatever the case might be, Beckham has looked like his normal self in practice with the Browns leading up to Sunday. He told reporters he expects adrenaline to take over on Sunday afternoon.
Despite all of this talk of Beckham’s injured hip, fans should expect to see the new superstar receiver in his color rush uniform come Sunday against the Titans.