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Among all the various drama around the NFL leading into Week 1, Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. seemed to be doing fine. Nobody seemed too worried about a hip injury he has been dealing with.
Then on Thursday he said he hasn’t sprinted due to the injury and hopes that adrenaline takes over on Sunday in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.
That’s alarming, especially considering it didn’t seem the injury would be that big of a deal heading into the season.
Odell Beckham Jr. still affected
Beckham, during a news conference, compared the hip injury to a fast car with the alignment off, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
"It’s something that prevents me from opening up and sprinting,” Beckham said.
There doesn’t appear to be concern that Beckham won’t play, but for a player who has dealt with nagging injuries through his career, it’s not the best news.
Beckham said he didn’t know how the injury happened, just that something happened in early August and when he came in from practice “it was feeling weird.”
Beckham’s debut a big deal for Browns
The Browns have a lot of hype around them heading into the season, which ramped up when they acquired Beckham from the New York Giants in a trade. Beckham is one of the league’s most dynamic receivers, when healthy.
Perhaps this is gamesmanship and Beckham will look like his usual self against the Titans. But it’s worth watching as Beckham makes perhaps the most anticipated debut for the Browns since they came back to the NFL.
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