Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has a chance to make his 2021 season debut against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, according to Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.
Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt implied today that WR Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) will be a game-time decision Week 3 against the Bears.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) September 23, 2021
"Hopefully he'll be able to make it this week. He's looked good so far in practice. We'll see how he feels later in the week."
Beckham was full-go during Wednesday's practice after being limited through the first two weeks of the season. The 28-year-old hasn't played since Week 7 of the 2020 season after tearing his ACL in a 37-34 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Beckham is entering his third season with the Browns after five seasons with the New York Giants. He had 74 catches for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns in 2019 and caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three TDs in seven games last season.
The three-time Pro Bowler's return comes at an ideal time for the Browns, who will be without Jarvis Landry for at least three games. Landry suffered a sprained MCL against the Houston Texans and was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.
Cleveland is in desperate need of a go-to receiver, with most of Baker Mayfield's passes going to running backs and tight ends. Beckham will undoubtedly be that guy.
Anthony Schwartz, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins should also see more playing time this week with Landry sidelined.