CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not happy Sunday in Pittsburgh.
It showed, multiple times.
“It is eight minutes left, and for me, I would rather take my ass whooping like a man,” Beckham, who caught two of his four targets for 25 yards, said. “I would rather take my win the same way. I want to be out there until the last whistle competing.”
Head coach Kevin Stefanski pulled Beckham to protect him, much like he did quarterback Baker Mayfield at the end of the third quarter.
“I have said it before, it is no mystery he is a big part of our success,” Stefanski said. “Our success winning ballgames, he is going to be a big part of that. And I hope that includes individual success, obviously, for him. For all of our players, I want them all to have individual success, but No. 1 is the team success, and obviously he goes a very, very long way in our success.”
Beckham caught the attention of TV cameras standing by the bench without his cleats on in the fourth quarter which sparked some criticism and speculation that he was pouting during the 38-7 loss.
Turns out, Beckham stubbed his toe in the first quarter against the Cowboys Oct. 4 and was simply giving it some relief.
“If I am not going to play and I am not going to stand there with cleats on the sideline and my toe be jammed in there,” Beckham explained. “At the same time, I never want to come out of a game. Win or lose, I do not care if we are up 50 or down 50, I do not ever want to come out of the game. That is always going to be my mentality.”
Earlier Beckham could be seen yelling at some of his offensive teammates with the Browns down big.
Simply put, he didn’t like what he was seeing during what was expected to be a big game for the Browns from his teammates.
“I kind of was saying it all game long in Pittsburgh, I am like ‘This is one of those games you have to bring your own energy. This is dead. It is dead,’” Beckham said. “There is no other way to explain it. The interception in the first quarter was like ‘Thank you. I needed it.’ I needed to be ticked off. The energy just was not there. Whether it was flat or whatever it was, I just feel like we did not come out as fired up as they did, and it showed throughout the rest of the game.”
Sideline blowups happen all the time, but when they involve Beckham they create headlines.
“It is not like I get out here and I am giving up,” Beckham said. “I am never giving up on my teammates and never giving up on the team or anything like that so that is not really in me. I refuse to let that be the narrative of what was going on.”
Cleared to go – Safety Ronnie Harrison cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and returned to practice Wednesday.
“I am not really sure what specific play. It could have been a couple of plays that just added up together,” Harrison said.
“I am just glad to be back and be back out there with them and happy to get this thing back rolling this week.”
Harrison suffered the concussion during the second half of the Browns’ Oct. 11 win over the Colts that saw him break up a third down pass and turn an interception into a 47-yard pick-6 before leaving.
“Being a new guy anywhere – it could be a regular job or anything – you always kind of have to prove yourself and feel like you want to prove yourself,” Harrison said. “For me to and to be able to go out there and help the team like that and make a play like that in my first start, it was just big. That is really all I have been praying for and hoping for is just to go out there and help in the way that I know I can. For me to do that, it was a big blessing and a big load off my chest because now they know what I can do and what I bring to the team.”
More Time for Teller – Right guard Wyatt Teller isn’t likely to return from a calf strain Sunday against the Bengals according to Stefanski.
“Those injuries are hard,” Stefanski said. “He is trying. I do not like to rule guys out, especially a guy like Wyatt, but he is pushing hard. It is going be hard.”
Chris Hubbard will continue to play in place of Teller.
Injury report – DNP: LB Jordan Phillips (knee), S Andrew Sendejo (shin), RG Wyatt Teller (calf); LIMITED: P Jamie Gillan (groin), RB Kareem Hunt (ribs), S Karl Joseph (hamstring), WR Jarvis Landry (hip/ribs), QB Baker Mayfield (chest), C JC Tretter (knee), TE David Njoku (shoulder); FULL: LB Tae Davis (elbow), S Ronnie Harrison (concussion)