As Odell Beckham Jr. experiences free agency for the first time, he does so recovering from another torn ACL. He sits over a month removed from the injury occurring in the Los Angeles Rams‘ Super Bowl 56 win.
Beckham sits facing another tough challenge ahead that will alter the course of his NFL career again. As the star wideout embarks on that arduous path, Dr. Rami Hashish, Body Performance And Injury Expert, recently spoke to Sportscasting, where he voiced that Beckham is best served sitting out the 2023 season.
Odell Beckham Jr. sidelined again with second torn ACL
Odell Beckham Jr. finally reached the mountaintop after helping the Rams secure a Super Bowl 56 win.
However, the defining feat came at a crushing cost as Beckham suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, marking the second occurrence in the same knee. Before the injury, Beckham had returned to performing at an elite level as a vital piece to the Rams’ offense.
He recorded 21 catches on 26 targets for 288 yards and two touchdowns in the four playoff games. He notched 27 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular-season games.
As he begins his recovery, a medical expert believes the star wideout should sit out next season.
Odell Beckham Jr. should sit out the entire 2022 NFL season says medical expert
Odell Beckham Jr. faces another steep uphill battle to get back into his previous physical form.
The 29-year-old holds the reality that he will miss the first couple of months of the 2022 season. With Beckham in a challenging situation, Dr. Rami Hashish recently told Sportscasting he believes it’s in the star wideout’s best interest to sit out the 2022 season.
“He could play the end of the season, but if I ever advising him or his agent, I would say don’t try to come back this year,” said Hashish, who is the founder of the National Biomechanics Institute and the Chief Technological Officer of pareIT. Look at your long-term health. We just saw this with Kevin Durant, he had a torn Achilles and he could have made it back by the end of the season but he was like “I want to look out for my long-term health. I want to play another 5-10 how many years it is.
“That is probably the best approach. If you want a long-term look on your health, then it’s not worth a month to put yourself in that type of danger. You’d rather play five years very healthy than a portion of one season and be a little bit limited the next couple of years. It’s not worth it.”
Hashish’s point sits rooted in Beckham getting the proper time for his body to heal and operate accordingly. A return late in the 2022 regular season is plausible but playing up to his full capability isn’t something that is guaranteed. Beyond that, Hashish stated that there is an increased likelihood that there is already an increased likelihood of the injury happening again since it’s already happened twice.
“So if a lot of that has to do with how they move and how their muscles function, and just how they are generally responding and how the fatigue of their muscles and tendons, then that’s an indication it can happen again,” Hashish said. “Now if you’re coming off an injury, how your muscles and tendons function are going to be further affected.
“So that’s why that’s so concerning. With that being said, he should be able to get back to playing again at the same capabilities he was this year. The issue is that he is still at risk for that type of injury because there is clearly something wrong with how his muscles are firing and how things are reacting, and how the movement that is contributing and leading him to sustain these injuries.”
In essence, Beckham must take the long-term approach for his future and not become short-sighted with returning next season.
A return to elite form in the 2023 season
Odell Beckham Jr. still holds a bright future ahead despite the health concerns associated with a second torn ACL.
Although Dr. Rami Hashish doesn’t envision the star wideout returning to form next season, he confidently sees that happening in 2023.
“2023-24 season because if you look at it right now he just sustained an injury in February in the Super Bowl,” Hashish said. “Think of it in the best-case scenario, that’s nine months for him to get back to about 90% to 95%. 100% if you’re lucky, but that is very rare particularly if this is something you have gone through already.
“That puts us in the best-case scenario in November where he’s just starting to get back to football. So can you just get back to being explosive in a month and a half after that? Probably not.”
Many other medical experts likely hold that same vantage point, leading NFL teams to hesitate in inking Beckham to a massive contract. Beckham’s long history of injuries may also be playing a factor. That alone may be impacting the type of interest he’s receiving across the league.
As disappointing as the situation is, Beckham must prioritize his health for his long-term NFL future ahead.