Odell Beckham Jr. is still processing the season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered Sunday in the first quarter against the Bengals.
Beckham is a regular on social media, where he has 14.3 million followers on Instagram, but hadn’t posted since the injury until Friday afternoon.
“I just wanna thank you all for Checkin on me…” he wrote on Instagram Live, “this is tough really f– tough, I really don’t have many words right now definitely not the right ones at least. I couldn’t tell u why this happened, this one doesn’t make much sense, it’s not for me to question, but I believe God truly has a plan and is using me for it. Ton of emotions flowing.. just takin some ME time, some time to heal. Thank u all for the Luv… be back soon”
The Browns play the Raiders on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, and one of the main questions will be how they handle life without their No. 1 receiver.
Fellow receiver and best friend Jarvis Landry is hurting for Beckham and didn’t talk to reporters this week. But pass game coordinator/receivers coach Chad O’Shea said Landry has done well compartmentalizing.
“We all know the relationship with Jarvis and Odell, there is a period of time that it takes, but I think Jarvis did an outstanding job in the game — because he performed very well for us and was a big part of our success in that game — of moving on,” O’Shea said. “And that’s not being disrespectful towards Odell, that’s just what we have to do as professionals. And he has done the same thing this week, he’s come to work like he does every week and he’s done a nice job and worked really hard this week.”
Landry also helped to rally the upset receivers.
“Yeah, it is great to have a leader in Jarvis Landry in our room,” O’Shea said. “He certainly is somebody the other guys look to. If he brings energy to the practice field and if he brings an energy to the meeting room and shows the other guys that is what it is going be and that is the standard, that is very beneficial to our group.”
O’Shea will miss more than Beckham’s talent.
“I really appreciated the way he came to work every day,” he said. “He worked so extremely hard to get in position to really help the team. From Day 1 working with him, whether it was in the offseason, the virtual program, or when we got to be able to work with him on the field in our training camp, he always did exactly what we asked of him. He really embraced the role that he had, regardless of what it was on that day or in that game plan. I always feel like he was trying to do what was best for the team.”
The play didn’t show up in the box score, but Landry helped the winning drive march on when he motioned frantically for rookie tight end Harrison Bryant to move up to the line of scrimmage to avoid an illegal formation penalty, and 10-second runoff, before Mayfield spiked the ball to kill the clock with 16 seconds left.
“He almost tore a pec he was waving so hard to tell Harrison to get on the line,” Stefanski said. “He is a very heady player. Showed that play to the team this morning. On Friday, we show them a lot of clips from around the league to understand situational ball.
“It is of huge importance. I just think Jarvis in particular is a very, very smart football player. I do not think there is anything we install that he does not understand why we are installing it or he has experience running that play. I am talking about the run game as much as the pass game. He understands all the run schemes probably better than any guy I have been around.”
The Browns practiced inside Friday after days of rain in Berea. They worked outside in the rain and on the wet fields Thursday.
The forecast Sunday calls for rain along the lakefront.
“It looks like it is going to be very windy on Sunday so it is definitely going to be part of the elements,” Stefanski said. “That is part of our game and part of our advantage playing on Lake Erie. We are well aware of it and have to make any adjustments. It is something that we are thinking about really throughout the week.
“As coaches, obviously, we will make any adjustments we have to make, but the guys are like the mailman — they will play anywhere.”
Defensive end Myles Garrett was asked if he likes playing in mud games.
“I like playing the game,” he said. “When I was growing up, it was muddy, it was rainy and it was hot. We faced everything, so it is no different at this level.”
The Browns, including coaches and players, donated $350,000 to East Cleveland City Schools for educational needs as part of the NFL’s Inspire Change grant program, the team announced Friday.
The money is to help close the digital divide in the lower-income district.
“It is a big step in the right direction, trying to get them all on equal standing as their peers around Cleveland and around Ohio,” Garrett said. “Allowing them to be able to learn and educate themselves from home, which is big right now, and just giving the necessities and the resources that they need is priceless.
“This is just one step for us. I know we are going to try and do more in later months and the years to come. This is our city.”
Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is part of the team’s social justice committee along with Garrett and participated Tuesday in a virtual listen and learn discussion with East Cleveland City Schools students and educators to hear their stories.
Tight end Austin Hooper (appendix), right guard Wyatt Teller (calf) and rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips (knee) were ruled out.
Teller will miss his third straight game, Hooper his second and Phillips his third straight and fifth in seven weeks.
Center JC Tretter (knee) is slated to play after not practicing Wednesday.
** For the Raiders, defensive end Arden Key (foot) was listed as doubtful after not practicing this week and starting receiver Bryan Edwards (foot/ankle) questionable after being limited all week.
The Browns claimed linebacker Elijah Lee (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) off waivers from Detroit. He’s in his fourth season and has started six of 42 career games with 67 tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles.
The Browns has a roster exemption for Lee until he is permitted to join the team following coronavirus testing protocols.
The Browns have missed rookie safety Grant Delpit, who was lost for the season in August with a torn Achilles tendon. He was a second-round pick.
“He is doing great,” Stefanski said. “He is attacking his rehab. He is staying into it. I think very highly of the kid.
“Grant is a very conscientious kid. He is making sure that this year he is still spending a lot of time and a lot of energy to understand the scheme and understand his role so when he hits the ground running, he is ready to go.”
Linebackers coach Jason Tarver said veteran Malcolm Smith’s unselfishness in helping teammates is “just amazing.”
“There are a lot of guys that I have been fortunate enough to be around in the NFL that are that way, and Malcolm is at the top of the list,” Tarver said.
** Offensive line coach Bill Callahan was coach of the Raiders in 2002-03, reaching the Super Bowl in his first year.
** Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib was a third-round pick of the Browns in 2016.
** The Browns protected quarterback Kyle Lauletta, kicker Matthew McCrane, running back John Kelly and defensive end Cameron Malveaux from being poached off the practice squad this week.