A mysterious hip injury kept Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out of practice Wednesday as head coach Freddie Kitchens assured reporters that it’s nothing serious.
Kitchens declined to divulge the nature of the injury that kept Beckham sidelined, opting instead to describe it as “a little bit of something going on but we expect him back pretty soon.”
Not a hip pointer
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot cited a team source that described the ailment as a “hip injury” while clarifying that an earlier report that he suffered a hip pointer was inaccurate.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano first reported that Beckham suffered a hip pointer before clarifying later that another source told him that was not accurate.
CLARIFICATION: Earlier today, a source told me Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury was a hip pointer. Another source now tells me it’s a hip injury but not a hip “pointer.” I regret any confusion this caused. Regardless, as I reported earlier, Browns are not overly concerned.
Whatever “hip injury” means is not clear. But the official Browns line remains optimistic.
Kitchens told Cabot that “he could probably play” in Saturday’s preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, but that “we haven’t decided yet.”
Any type of lower body injury is obviously a reason for concern for an athlete, especially an elite runner like Beckham who depends on his speed and ability to cut to gain an edge on defenders.
But for now, the official team line remains that there’s nothing to worry about.
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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 08: Victor Bolden #13 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Jalen Collins #32 of the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at New Era Field on August 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 08: Kyle Lauletta #17 of the New York Giants throws a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as James Burgess #58 of the New York Jets defends during a preseason matchup at MetLife Stadium on August 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 08: Chase Daniel #4, Mitchell Trubisky #10 and Adam Shaheen #87 of the Chicago Bears look on prior to a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on August 08, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 08: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks to throw against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Kenny Young, left, sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Damiere Byrd (14) pulls in a touchdown pass as Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Jeff Richards (29) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jazz Ferguson, left, celebrates after he caught a pass from quarterback Paxton Lynch (2) to score a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jermaine Grace (53) runs after intercepting a pass thrown by Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver C.J. Board (16) goes up to make a catch against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett (34) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler (18) celebrates with teammates, including Wayne Gallman (22) and Rhett Ellison (85), after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates his field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars with teammates James Hurst, letft, and Morgan Cox during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Tennessee Titans' Kalif Raymond, front right, is knocked out of bounds by Philadelphia Eagles' Jeremiah McKinnon during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)