Odell Beckham Jr. knocked out of Super Bowl with knee injury

Jori Epstein
USA TODAY

For most of the half of Super Bowl 56, Odell Beckham Jr. seemed to turn back time.

Two spectacular catches, 52 yards and a touchdown.

Then came the scream, the wince, the grab of his left knee, ominous signs of the dreaded non-contact injury. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford had nailed his receiver, who crossed from left side of the field to right. Beckham nearly caught the ball before instead hopping with his left knee in pain, the ball dropping and Beckham soon after.

The 29-year-old receiver whom the Rams acquired midseason from the Cleveland Browns eventually walked to the blue sideline medical tent for further evaluation. He walked there under his own power. When he walked out under his own power, he headed not toward the sideline but straight for the locker room. Further evaluation awaited.

Shortly after, he was ruled questionable to return with a left knee injury, but the Rams later said he had been ruled out for remainder of the game.

Beckham tore his left ACL in October 2020.

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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts after sustaining an injury against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.

The rollercoaster ride was steep for Beckham, playing in a home Super Bowl after seven seasons featuring just a single playoff game—and a loss at that.

In this Super Bowl, Beckham was off to a fast start; an obvious and early difference-maker. Beckham had grabbed an airborne 17-yard touchdown from Stafford with 6:22 in the first quarter, the back-shoulder fade the first score of Super Bowl 56. Facing third-and-11 on the second play of the second quarter, Beckham starred again, racing up the right sideline for what would amount to a 35-yard play, Beckham adding 21 yards after the catch on a crossing route not unlike the one he’d soon suffer an injury on.

“We’ve got to be able to make some adjustments,” McVay told Tafoya at halftime.

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