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Odell Beckham’s first knee surgery may have been botched

Perhaps one of the most heartbreaking moments of Super Bowl 2022 came when Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. went down with a cruciate ligament injury after a great start to the game that included a 17-yard touchdown that included the goal in the first quarter opened.

Though he underwent surgery after Los Angeles won the Lombardi Trophy, it seems those within the organization were grateful that the latest procedure corrected an apparent earlier mistake.

When it comes out on Wednesday in “The Pat McAfee Show” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Beckham’s latest procedure “corrected a previously poor surgery from a few years ago” when the 29-year-old receiver tore his left knee while playing for the Browns.

Odell Beckham suffered a cruciate ligament rupture while playing for the Browns in October 2020
Odell Beckham suffered a cruciate ligament rupture while playing for the Browns in October 2020
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“He had done an ACL, it didn’t sound like it went as well as anyone would have hoped,” Rapoport said, noting they were worried about his knee before the Rams won the Beckham Sweepstakes in November .

“The knee was a concern because it wasn’t 100 percent healthy and I don’t think they would have given him a long-term deal based solely on the knee because it was a concern,” he continued.

When Beckham tore his ACL during a non-contact game during February’s Super Bowl, Rapoport added Wednesday that, oddly enough, there was “a little bit of relief from everyone” that his knee “can be properly repaired.”

Beckham suffered a cruciate ligament injury at the 2022 Super Bowl in February
Beckham suffered a cruciate ligament injury at the 2022 Super Bowl in February
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“That past surgery went really well, and he probably will have extended his career just because of his recent surgery,” Rapoport said.

Beckham, who also welcomed his first child with Lauren Wood days after the Rams’ Super Bowl win, remains a free agent. However, Rapoport said Wednesday there is a “mutual interest” in returning to Los Angeles.

Rapoport’s report echoes what Rams general manager Les Snead said last month about the former first-round pick. At the time, Snead said while Beckham “is someone we definitely want back, but it’s a bit more complex with the injury situation.”

Beckham, here in the Super Bowl last February, joined the Rams in November 2021
Beckham, here in the Super Bowl last February, joined the Rams in November 2021
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The Rams signed former Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson to a three-year, $45 million deal in March with a $30 million guarantee. with ESPN’s Adam Schefter as the team hopes to resign Beckham with leftover money.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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