Cleveland Brown wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was sent home from practice with an illness Thursday, head coach Kevin Stefanski said.
Beckham did not test positive for COVID-19, but Stefanski and the Browns decided to hold him out of today’s practice out of “an abundance of caution.”
"He hasn't [tested positive]. He is just feeling under the weather….just an abundance of caution" – Kevin Stefanski on sending OBJ home #Browns— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) October 15, 2020
With Cleveland confident Beckham’s illness is not COVID-related, the star wide receiver should be available for their matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday.
After a disappointing first season with the Browns in 2019, Beckham has blossomed in Year Two under Stefanski. He has already caught five touchdowns this season and rushed for another score though five games. Beckham had five touchdowns all of last season.
Cleveland will need Beckham at full strength Sunday, when they face a Steelers pass defense that is currently ranked fourth in the league. Pittsburgh is also tied for the league-lead in sacks with 20 through just four games.