Odell Beckham Jr. inactive for Browns, Chiefs NFL season opener

Alicia DelGallo
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Odell Beckham Jr. is inactive for the Cleveland Browns' 2021 NFL season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

The star receiver was listed questionable entering Sunday as he continues to rehab from a 2020 ACL injury and surgery. Despite many reports Beckham Jr. would likely play, USA TODAY Sports+ Senior Insider Josina Anderson cautioned earlier today there was hesitancy from Beckham Jr. and his medical advisers.

"There are those in his medical camp who prefer OBJ take a few extra precautional weeks when you're considering the long-term picture, not only of this season, but the macro picture of his career as well," Anderson said, citing a league official with direct knowledge of the situation.

It's been 322 days since Beckham Jr.’s injury and 10 months since his reported surgery. 

Beckham Jr., 28, has been carefully listening to his mind, body and soul, according to Anderson, and "specifically listening for cues from his body and also the response from the soft tissue in the ligaments after ramping up specific things for this week."

"Because look, every athlete knows it is up to the induvial to determine between anxiety and anxiousness and readiness," Anderson said.

Beckham Jr., a three-time Pro Bowler, started seven games last season with 21 receptions for 319 yards and three touchdowns prior to his injury.