BEREA, Ohio – Odell Beckham Jr.’s season is formally over.
The Cleveland Browns introduced the star vast receiver suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. Beckham underwent an MRI on Monday morning, which confirmed the tear.
On Mayfield’s first passing try towards the Bengals, he tried to pressure a move to Beckham down the sideline. The ball, nonetheless, was underthrown and picked off by Darius Phillips. Beckham rotated to chase the Cincinnati defensive again the opposite manner, however crashed into Phillips and Cleveland fullback Andy Janovich, who was additionally attempting to make the sort out.
After going 0-of-5 within the first quarter, Mayfield bounced again with out Beckham to finish a franchise-record 21 consecutive passes and 5 touchdowns, together with a game-winning, 24-yard scoring strike to rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones with 15 seconds remaining.
Afterward, Mayfield admitted to feeling responsible for the underthrow that led to Beckham’s harm.
“I am in all probability going to beat myself up about that one for a very long time,” Mayfield stated. “He is a man who fights for this group, and in doing that, he received harm. … it sucks.”
Mayfield stated at halftime Beckham instructed him to “go be nice” within the second half. Mayfield went on to change into simply the second quarterback in NFL historical past to throw three go-ahead landing passes in a fourth quarter in Cleveland’s 37-34 win.
“That was what he left me with to open up the second half,” Mayfield stated of Beckham’s encouragement. “That was one thing I continued to recollect all through the second half.”
Since being traded from the New York Giants in March of 2019, Beckham’s tenure with the Browns has been marred by accidents.
Beckham suffered a hip and groin harm throughout coaching camp final 12 months, which hampered him via the season. He nonetheless completed with greater than 1,000 yards receiving, however had solely 4 landing catches. Beckham had surgical procedure in January to restore that harm.
This season, he caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He additionally rushed thrice for 72 yards and one other rating.