Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not expected to be under any restrictions when the Cleveland Browns begin training camp, coach Kevin Stefanski said.
Beckham underwent sports hernia surgery in January but has participated in the Browns' virtual offseason program. The three-time Pro Bowl selection also posted a video of himself taking part in a full-body workout on social media in May.
"Odell is free and clear. He is 100 per cent," Stefanski said in a Zoom conference on Thursday. "He is looking really good."
Beckham played through the injury throughout his first season in Cleveland and managed to appear in all 16 games in 2019, though his final numbers of 74 receptions, 1,035 receiving yards and four touchdowns were all the second-lowest of his six-year career.
A broken ankle limited the 27-year-old to only four games while with the New York Giants in 2017.
Stefanski also touched on the status of fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who is recovering from a more significant surgery on his hip in February. The six-year veteran's rehab has gone on as scheduled, but the procedure generally requires a six-to-eight-month timetable for full recovery that puts his availability for the expected start of the regular season into question.
"Jarvis, to his credit, he is looking great, some of the videos I have seen of him moving around," Stefanski said. "We will have a plan for [Landry and Beckham] with [senior vice president of player health and development] Joe [Sheehan] and the athletic training staff. We will make sure that we wrap both of them up appropriately."
Stefanski said that to his knowledge, none of his players have tested positive for coronavirus, and added that he and the coaches will continue to stress the importance of practicing preventive measures in order to remain safe and healthy.
"I have told them that the number one priority is their safety and their family, and we want to make sure that we are here for them and providing any resource for them," he said. "I have reminded them ad nauseam to wash their hands, social distance and really heed the advice of these experts.
"I will just continue to make sure that these guys are knowing that they are being encouraged to stay safe while they are out of this building and in this building."
The rookie head coach said the team is slated to begin training camp on July 28, but he's prepared to adjust that schedule should the NFL cancels practices or preseason games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am comfortable being uncomfortable so whatever comes our way, we will be ready. I understand why that may be a concern for some, but we are just going to plan with what is in front of us. If we hear otherwise, we will be ready to pivot."
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