Browns excuse Odell Beckham Jr. from practice, may tell receiver to stay home for rest of 2021 season

Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham have said all the right things publicly about the latter playing for the Browns. But with each passing day, it becomes clearer the big-name wide receiver isn’t necessarily in good standing with the team. A day after Cleveland reportedly discussed a potential Beckham trade with the Saints, and a day after Beckham’s father ripped Mayfield for failing to connect with his son on the field, the Browns have excused the wideout from Wednesday’s practice. Not only that, but CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports they may tell Beckham to stay away from the team for the remainder of the 2021 season.

CBS Sports HQ’s Josina Anderson first reported the news of the receiver’s practice absence, noting Wednesday that Beckham “was ready to attend practice per usual,” but received notice that he had been excused from participation. Yahoo’s Charles Robinson further indicates that the team initiated the decision, suggesting Beckham and the Browns have reached a “crossroads.” The two sides may be able to reach “some sort of financial resolution to end his time in Cleveland,” La Canfora reports, but as of now, the Browns are not willing to waive Beckham and appear “willing to burn a 53-man roster spot just for him to stay away.”

The Browns officially listed Beckham as a practice absentee due to a non-injury-related personal matter, along with a previous shoulder injury. Coach Kevin Stefanski, meanwhile, told reporters later Wednesday that Browns general manager Andrew Berry is talking with Beckham’s agent about the wideout’s status. Mike Silver reports Stefanski also informed players earlier that Beckham Jr. is “essentially not on the team right now,” and that the receiver has been told to stay…

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