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Odell Beckham Jr. excused from practice again


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was excused from practice for the second straight day Thursday, multiple outlets reported.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters Wednesday that general manager Andrew Berry is engaged in talks with Beckham’s representatives.

However, it seems increasingly unlikely that Beckham will take the field on Sunday when the Browns (4-4) visit the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3).

The NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday, the same day Beckham’s father ignited a social media firestorm by posting a video on Instagram of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield failing to connect with his son on passing plays.

NBA superstar and Ohio native LeBron James then weighed in on social media, tweeting his support for Beckham: “OBJ will show again why he’s special. WR1 #FreeOBJ.”

Beckham is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, however he finished with just one catch for 6 yards in Cleveland’s 15-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. He has 17 catches for 232 yards with no touchdown receptions in six games this season.

Beckham, who turns 29 on Friday, has 504 catches for 7,062 yards with 51 touchdowns in 88 career games with the New York Giants (2014-18) and Browns. He has caught seven touchdown passes in his 29 games with Cleveland.

–Field Level Media