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This Week in Browns: Odell Beckham’s expected return, offensive options and more


Odell Beckham Jr. has been a full practice participant this week, and though he wouldn’t fully commit to it, all signs point to Beckham making his season debut Sunday when the Cleveland Browns host the Chicago Bears in a meeting of 2020 playoff teams who are 1-1 this season.

That obviously brings sizzle. Beckham is a headliner, a field-stretcher and potentially adds a gear the Browns didn’t have last year when Baker Mayfield and the passing game took off in the back half of the season. Beckham tore his ACL in late October and had surgery in early November, so a return this week would come about 10 1/2 months after surgery.

Beckham said this week that he’d always targeted 11 months post-op for a return. He practiced without contact throughout training camp, generally taking every other day off. Beckham told reporters this week that he worked his way back with plans to be “better than ever,” though he wouldn’t elaborate on what that means.

What Beckham’s return means for play caller Kevin Stefanski and the Browns’ talented and versatile offense is also uncertain, but it gives Stefanski and quarterback Baker Mayfield more options. Stefanski likes options. Beckham will mostly play his traditional outside receiver role, but Stefanski last season would send Beckham in motion and use him around the formation.





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