Browns star Beckham out for season: team

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Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after suffering a season-ending knee injury against Cincinnati on Sunday
Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after suffering a season-ending knee injury against Cincinnati on Sunday

Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the rest of the NFL season after suffering a knee injury, the NFL team said Monday.

Beckham hobbled out of Sunday's 37-34 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter after twisting his left knee as he chased down an interception return.

The Browns said Monday an MRI scan revealed Beckham had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"Obviously, it's a big loss," Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. "As everyone knows, he is a huge part of what we do. 

"Now we will just have to huddle up and find some different ways and find some different people and put them in that role."

The 27-year-old Beckham's career has been hampered by injuries since joining Cleveland from the New York Giants last year.

Last season, Beckham battled hip and groin injuries but was still able to put up more than 1,000 receiving yards. 

This season he has caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

Beckham's injury deprives the Browns of their best receiver as they aim to make a push for the playoffs after more than a decade in the doldrums.

"Odell, the energy he brings to practice and the energy he brings to the games, no one else is going to be able to bring that type of juice," Stefanski said. 

"It is our job to find the guys that can go compete and that we can go put them in spots where they can succeed. I think we will be able to do that."

The Browns, who have not posted a winning record in the regular season since 2007, are third in the AFC North with a 5-2 record after Sunday's win.

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