ODELL BECKHAM JR.

3/6/22, 10:22 PM

Updated:

INJURY RISK

2022:

Long-Term:

5/5

3/5

Can OBJ really come back in November? Yes, but I don’t recommend it.

ACL re-tears typically take WRs longer to recover from than first-time tears (13 months vs 10 on average). The protective structures of the knee - meniscus and cartilage - both take big hits in ACL Round 2, so we see shorter NFL careers with more missed games along the way. Production can bounce back to pre-injury baseline, but takes a while to get there.

Players CAN return as early as 6-8 months from surgery, but it means greater risk and lower level of recovery. I can understand the need to get back quickly, but this might not be the best move. I’d anticipate that November return projection getting pushed back as the time gets closer. I’d be unsurprised to see him out the entirety of the coming season, but a late ’22 comeback is not out of the question.

More questionable is what level of player he’d be at that time. I’m passing on OBJ for this year.

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