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Odell Beckham Jr. has core muscle surgery; Jarvis Landry opts not to have surgery on hip

Receivers and best friends Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry don’t do everything together.

Beckham elected to have surgery to fix the core muscle injury that bothered him throughout his first season with the Browns.

Landry opted not to have surgery to fix his lingering hip injury, a source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram.

Beckham had surgery Tuesday morning in Philadelphia and a full recovery is expected, the Browns announced. Dr. Bill Meyers performed the surgery.


The team didn’t announce a timeline for recovery, but running back Kareem Hunt had a similar surgery in August and needed about eight weeks.

Landry had an MRI on Dec. 30, the day after the season, and the images were sent to a specialist. He said the hip injury includes a fractured sacrum, and if he had surgery, which he called a last resort, the rehabilitation would take 6-to-8 months.

Landry plans to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

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Beckham, 27, first felt something in his midsection in training camp. He was severely limited in practice and didn’t play in the preseason.

He didn’t miss a game in the regular season, catching 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. He played 95.1 percent of the offensive snaps.

But he was hampered by the core injury, saying he was unable to reach top speed.

“I’ve been pretty much banged up all year since whatever happened in camp,” Beckham said toward the end of the season. “I’ve been playing through it, doing whatever I can just to make it to Sunday for the game. So anytime that Sunday comes around, 1 o’clock, 4 o’clock, 8, Monday night, Thursday, I’m going to give this team everything that I have. No matter what.”

Beckham has had an eventful first month of the offseason.

He watched LSU, his alma mater, win the national championship over Clemson then made headlines for the next several days.

He handed out what appeared to be real cash to LSU players on the field after the game, which would be an NCAA violation if the players have college eligibility remaining. And an arrest warrant for simple battery was obtained then rescinded by the New Orleans Police Department after he appeared to slap a stadium security officer on the butt in the locker room.

Beckham was acquired in March in a trade with the Giants. After reports during the season he wanted out of Cleveland, he eventually said he’s staying.

“I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be here,” he said Dec. 18. “We’re going to figure this thing out. It’s just too special to leave.

“I didn’t buy a house here to sell it. I didn’t buy a house here to up and leave it and do renovations on a house and build a doghouse.”

Beckham and Landry were the first Browns wide receivers to reach 1,000 yards in the same season.

Landry, 27, played all 16 games — he hasn’t missed a game in his six seasons — and led the team with 83 catches for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns despite playing at “75, 80 percent maybe.” He played 93.5 percent of the snaps.

He said he first felt discomfort during organized team activities in May. He didn’t practice the rest of the offseason, then was limited in training camp.

Landry was already looking forward to seeing a healthy Beckham in 2020.

“To have the injuries that he had this year and still go over 1,000 yards, do the things that he’s done, coming back at 100 percent, I’d love to see it,” he said at the end of the year. “I can’t wait to see it.”


Rich Scangarello, who was offensive coordinator with the Broncos this season, interviewed with new coach Kevin Stefanski on Tuesday, reported. His potential role was to be determined, but he could coach quarterbacks.

Scangarello, 47, wasn’t brought back for a second season by Broncos coach Vic Fangio and was replaced by former Browns coach Pat Shurmur. The Broncos ranked 28th in yardage and scoring in 2019.

Scangarello spent 2017-18 as quarterbacks coach with the 49ers under coach Kyle Shanahan.

** Stefanski continues to make staff decisions.

He won’t retain quarterbacks coach Ryan Lindley and tight ends coach John Lilly, a league source confirmed.

ESPN also reported assistant defensive line coach John Parrella, defensive quality control coaches Deuce Schwartz and Alonso Escalante, offensive quality control coaches Tyler Tettleton and Jim Dray and offensive assistant Jody Wright won’t return.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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