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Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. will play vs. Bears in Week 3

We break down the news that Odell Beckham is set to return in Week 3.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns on the field but not in uniform today before the game against the Houston Texans at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Odell Beckham Jr. will return to the field this Sunday, per coach Kevin Stefanski. He will be needed with Farvis Landry on I.R.

Friday update: Odell Beckham Jr. is officially still a game time decision for Sunday, but reports are that he will suit up barring some unforeseen setback, per ESPN’s Jake Trotter. With Beckham Jr. practicing in full this week, this appeared to be the likeliest outcome. He’s still not guaranteed a full set of snaps, but he is a go.

Thursday Update: Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt told reporters that Beckham Jr. will be a game time decision for Sunday’s game against Chicago, per Marla Ridenour. If he does play, however, OBJ could be a pitch count.

The Cleveland Browns are hurting at receiver with Jarvis Landry out for 3-4 weeks, but it looks like they might get Odell Beckham Jr. back in Week 3. Head coach Kevin Stefanski says that Beckham Jr. will be a “full go” at practice on Wednesday, per ESPN’s Jake Trotter.

Stefanski wouldn’t say if Beckham Jr. would be able to suit up on Sunday to face the Chicago Bears, but he’s not ruling him out like he did last week. Beckham was ruled out early, but continued to get in limited practices as he prepared for his return from an ACL injury last season.

Beckham Jr. has been posting on social media as if this is the week he would return. With Landry going down and Beckham looking extremely close to a return, it seems inevitable, but we’ll have to wait to see. A full practice designation for Wednesday would go a long way toward that becoming a reality.

Fantasy football implications

If OBJ can go in this game, we can’t be certain he wouldn’t be on a snap count, but with Landry out, I’d expect him to see plenty of work when he is in the game. That should make him a flex play this week if he can go.