The Cleveland Browns announced on Tuesday that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury. OBJ suffered the injury in training camp, but played through it this season.
The star receiver played all 16 games, but the injury slowed him considerably. He He finished with 74 receptions, 1,035 receiving yards, and four touchdowns, and they were all career lows for full season performances.
The surgery is similar to one Kareem Hunt underwent in August, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot. The rehab sidelined Hunt for eight weeks (independent of his domestic violence suspension), which suggests Beckham could be back to football activities in time for the start of the team’s offseason workout program in early April.
Beckham spent most of the season unable to run until Friday of each practice week, which helps explain his underwhelming season. Beckham turns 28 in November, which leaves him still in the prime of his career. He was a fantasy football bust this season given the expectations, but he could be worth a roll of the dice in 2020 as a WR1 option. It’s worth noting he played 12 games in 2018 and four in 2017, so that coupled with his injury-plagued 2019 means injuries are something to keep in mind.