Odell Beckham Jr. play today for Browns vs. Chiefs? Why is he a game-time decision?

Josina Anderson
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Update:Odell Beckham Jr. is inactive for Week 1

Will Odell Beckham Jr. be on the field when the Cleveland Browns visit the Kansas City Chiefs to kick off the 2021 NFL season at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday?

The star receiver was listed as questionable ahead of the game, and USA TODAY Sports+ Senior Insider Josina Anderson has all the details on Beckham's potential return from an October ACL injury.

"Last thing I heard yesterday evening, from a league source with direct knowledge of the situation, who told me that OBJ wants to quote, 'sit and listen and see what's up with tomorrow,' end quote," Anderson said.

Beckham Jr., 28, has been carefully listening to his mind, body and soul leading up to the opener, 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."

"So trust me when I say, it really is going to come down to what I was told: that pregame report," Anderson said. "Because look, every athlete knows it is up to the induvial to determine between anxiety and anxiousness and readiness."

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

It's been 322 days since Beckham's injury and 10 months since his reported surgery. So the question becomes, "Why is OBJ a game-time Week 1 decision with all that time passed?"

"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. 

Watch the full video above.