CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. knows well what it is like to miss time due to injury, and he extended some encouragement to an injured NBA star on his Instagram account Wednesday.
In the days following Kevin Durant’s Achilles tendon tear in the Golden State Warriors’ win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals Monday night, many from the sports world have reached out to extend their well wishes and Beckham Jr. was among them.
“This (stuff) is so much more than a game,” Beckham Jr. wrote as a caption to a picture showing Durant reaching for his injured right leg. “I know where you at champ…Keep your head high! The journey is just beginning…We all waiting on your return! Love brother!”
Durant suffered the torn Achilles tendon after rushing back to play in The Finals following more than a month on the sideline because of a strain suffered in a Game 5 Western Conference Semifinal matchup against the Houston Rockets.
Beckham Jr. knows how Durant feels, as he missed 12 games because of a sprained/broken ankle during the 2017 season. Then, last year, Beckham Jr. missed an additional four games because of a quadriceps injury.
Through his five years with the Giants, Beckham Jr. missed 20 games because of injury.
Despite the injury history, Beckham Jr. was a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2014-2016) and two-time Second Team All-Pro honoree (2015-2016) during his five years with the New York Giants.
Over 59 regular-season games, including 56 starts, in his five years with the Giants, Beckham Jr. turned 622 targets into 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. Beckham Jr. averaged 92.8 yards per game, including a league-best 108.8 during the 2014 season.
Beckham Jr. has four 1,000-yard and three double-digit touchdown seasons on his resume since being selected by the Giants with a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University (LSU).
Although Beckham Jr. missed four games, he turned in a 77-catch, 1,052-yard, six-touchdown effort for the Giants during the 2018 season.