Odell Beckham Jr. practices, Duke Johnson Jr. to return as Browns begin OTAs

First of 10 sessions began Tuesday as offseason work continues

Daryl Ruiter
May 14, 2019 - 12:29 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Everyone can relax.

Odell Beckham Jr. practiced Tuesday as the team kicked off OTAs a source confirmed to 92.3 The Fan while Duke Johnson Jr. is expected to participate in OTAs Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported but a source said that he was not on the field Tuesday. 

Beckham had come under some criticism for not partaking in the voluntary offseason workout program which began April 1, but he returned to Berea on Monday and was captured in the background of receiver Antonio Callaway’s Instagram Live video taken inside the locker room.

Beckham had been spending time at his home in Los Angeles where he was working out on his own.

Both head coach Freddie Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey have repeatedly said they had no problem with Beckham’s absence because the workouts were voluntary and the collective bargaining agreement stipulates, they cannot publicly or privately require players to attend.

Anticipating a reduced role this coming season following the signing of Kareem Hunt in February, Johnson’s agent requested a trade earlier this offseason, but Dorsey did not receive an offer he couldn’t refuse and so he remains a Brown – for the time being.

Kitchens and Dorsey have professed on multiple occasions this offseason that Johnson remains a vital part of the team and has a significant role within the offense.

Johnson had stayed away from the team until this week.

Tuesday’s practice marked the first of 10 OTAs that will be held over the next three weeks followed by the mandatory minicamp which will run from June 4-6.