ODELL BECKHAM JR.

5/3/20, 3:36 AM

Updated:

INJURY RISK

2021:

Long-Term:

1/5

2/5

Bottom line: Expect him to be ready to play at the start of team activities. Data suggests return to pre-injury performance level, but potentially decreased career longevity and number of games played per year.

Injury: Sports hernia
Date of Injury: ~7/1/19
Date of Surgery: 1/21/20

Analysis in Detail:

Return to Play
Return rates in NFL players undergoing sports hernia repair are over 90%, with time to return averaging 2-4 months. Beckham should be fully cleared well before the start of training camp.

Performance
Expect return to pre-injury level of performance based on outcomes from two studies on sports hernia surgery in NFL players. Also keep in mind that Beckham’s 2019 performance was impacted by playing through pain from the injury, which should be healed by the start of the 2020 season.

Durability
Career length tends to be shorter in NFL players who undergo sports hernia repair. One study reported a post-injury decrease in number of games played per year, while another found no difference. Overall, there is moderate evidence to suggest concerns about durability.

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