Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham will return to the gridiron in Week 5, per Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Banner. Beckham has missed multiple weeks this season after suffering an ankle injury in the Ravens Week 2 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The wideout snagged five catches for 66 yards on seven targets before being sidelined. The three-time Pro-Bowler has turned in three consecutive limited practices this week in preparation for his team’s battle with rival Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Ravens WR Odell Beckham Jr. told reporters that he expects to play Sunday vs. Steelers, per @jeffzrebiec.
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Odell Beckham pre-Ravens
Beckham was out of football for the entirety of the 2022 season after suffering a torn ACL in Super Bowl LVI. The LSU product was masterful during the Los Angeles Rams championship run, including scoring two touchdowns and hauling in 21 passes in four postseason games. Before his short stint in Los Angeles, Beckham spent two and a half seasons with the Cleveland Browns. However, turmoil surrounding the receiver’s relationship with then-franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield led to him getting cut by the club.
Odell Beckham was a star in his early years, making three straight Pro Bowls from his rookie season in 2014 to his third year in 2016. During that span, he accumulated 288 receptions for 4,122 yards and 35 scores with the New York Giants.
Baltimore Ravens outlook with the return of Odell Beckham
Beckham’s presence on Sunday will only elevate the potential of quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens are 1-1 without Beckham, including a 22-19 loss to the Colts in Baltimore. Jackson struggled in the loss, throwing for 202 yards and no scores on 22-of-31 passing. He was much better in last Saturday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, throwing for 186 yards and two scores. However, his best game was arguably in Week 2 when he had a fully healthy receiving core, featuring Beckham, star tight end Mark Andrews, journeyman Nelson Agholor, rookie Zay Flowers, and former first-round pick Rashod Bateman. The return of Beckham and the injured Bateman will give the Baltimore offense a full warchest of options.