Odell Beckham Jr. believed to have suffered torn ACL in Super Bowl
Odell Beckham Jr.'s Super Bowl victory might have come at a great personal cost.
The Los Angeles Rams wide receiver is believed to have suffered a torn ACL in his team's 23-20 win Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.
Beckham, who had two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown earlier in the contest, sustained the non-contact injury in the second quarter, when he crumpled to the ground holding his left knee after being unable to reel in a pass from Matthew Stafford. He walked off but was later ruled out for the remainder of the game, returning to the Rams sideline in street clothes.
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After his team's come-from-behind victory, however, Beckham maintained his optimism.
"World Champion, man, God is good," Beckham said in an interview with CBS Sports after the game. "It was all a part of the plan.
"This is everything I've ever dreamed of," Beckham added. "(T)here was a moment I was in the back room and they told me I was done, I couldn't play. And I had to come back out there and be a part of this because it's so much bigger than myself. And these boys pulled through and made it happen."
Beckham, 29, is set to become a free agent this offseason. His timeline for return is unclear, but the injury could complicate his contract outlook.
The ACL tear would be the second to his left knee in as many seasons, as he suffered the same injury against the Bengals in a game on Oct. 25, 2020.
Beckham had 21 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns during the Rams' playoff run, emerging as a key target alongside Offensive Player of the Year and eventual Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp. He had seven touchdowns in the regular season and postseason for the Rams - the same total he posted in two years with the Cleveland Browns, who waived him in November after he grew disgruntled with the team.