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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will make 2021 debut Sunday vs. Chicago Bears

OBJ will be back on the field for the first time since suffering a torn ACL in Week 7 of the 2020 season.

BEREA, Ohio — The long-awaited return of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns will finally happen this Sunday.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski announced on Friday that the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will be in action on Sunday when the Chicago Bears come to FirstEnergy Stadium. 

Beckham will be on the field for the first time since suffering a torn ACL in the first quarter of Cleveland's Week 7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last season on Oct. 25. While Beckham participated in the Browns' training camp, he did so on a limited basis and was ultimately inactive for Cleveland's first two contests of the 2021 campaign.

As 3News' Ben Axelrod pointed out, while Beckham's absence from the Browns' first two games this season surprised some, it also fell in line with his recovery plan. On Thursday, the LSU product said that he had targeted an 11-month recovery -- which would put him right in line with a return to the field on Sunday.

"I started to progress faster and faster," Beckham said on Thursday. "I'm just following God's plan. He put me in a good place to be here right now. It's just a day-by-day process."

This week marked the first time since the start of camp that Beckham has been "full go" in practice.

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