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Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffers knee injury during Super Bowl

Beckham had two receptions for 52 yards, including Los Angeles’ first touchdown of Super Bowl 56.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is questionable to return to the Super Bowl after he suffered an injury to his left knee during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals.

It is the same knee Beckham injured midway through the 2020 season in Cleveland, which caused him to miss the rest of the year.

Beckham suffered the injury on a noncontact play with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter. The mercurial wide receiver, who was signed by the Rams after being released by Cleveland at midseason, was running toward the right side of the field on a crossing route, but it appeared as though his foot got caught in the turf. He dropped a pass thrown by Matthew Stafford and clutched his leg as he fell to the turf.

Beckham was looked at by trainers on the field before being helped off. He was looked at briefly in the medical tent on the Rams’ sideline before heading to the locker room.

Beckham, who was signed by the Rams after being released by Cleveland at midseason, had two receptions for 52 yards. He scored Los Angeles’ first touchdown when he beat Mike Hilton in the right corner of the end zone for a 17-yard score to put the Rams on top 7-0 in the first quarter.

Credit: AP
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) lies injured against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 56 football game Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Beckham caught 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular-season games with the Rams, providing a much-needed fill-in after Robert Woods was injured in practice a day after Beckham’s arrival.

He was better in the Rams' run to their second Super Bowl in four years, with 19 receptions for 236 yards and a TD in three victories.

Beckham will be a free agent after Sunday's game. His girlfriend, singer/fitness trainer Lauren Wood, is expected to have the couple's first child any day now.

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