Odell Beckham Reportedly Playing Through Painful Sports Hernia and Will Eventually Need Surgery

Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been dealing with a painful hernia
Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been dealing with a painful hernia | Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

It appears we finally have a reason for why Odell Beckham Jr.'s production has fallen off a cliff in his first season with the Cleveland Browns.

Beckham, who arrived from the New York Giants in an offseason trade, has been playing through a sports hernia that will require surgery in the offseason.

It's understandable that Beckham would be struggling when dealing with a painful injury. He is posting career lows in catches and yards per game, with just two touchdown catches on the entire season.

Todd Monken, Freddie Kitchens and his own health have not been kind to Beckham, who has less catches, yards, and touchdowns than DeVante Parker this season. That's not even Pro Bowl level production from one of the best receivers in the game.

It's hard to do anything with a hernia, much less play football and play it at an elite level. If Beckham's impending offseason surgery ends up correcting his hernia, we might see the dynamic showstopper we saw in New York return to Cleveland in 2020, as opposed to the massive disappointment we have before us this season.