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McVay would be surprised if 'questionable' Beckham is not fit to face Jaguars

By Sports Desk December 03, 2021

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay says he would be "surprised" if Odell Beckham Jr's hip issue impacts his availability for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Beckham has been listed by the Rams as "questionable" for the game, with the hip complaint impacting his ability to practice during the week.

The 29-year-old wide receiver was a limited participant at Wednesday's session while he missed Thursday's practice completely.

McVay told reporters on Friday that he would be "surprised" if Beckham did not play when pressed on the issue. Beckham added that he expected to play.

"I’ll be alright," Beckham told reporters. "I’ve been through worse."

The Rams have lost their past three games against top contenders, the Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, slipping to a 7-4 record and second in the NFC West.

Beckham joined the Rams on a one-year deal last month after agreeing a release from the Cleveland Browns.

The three-time Pro Bowler has suited up twice for the Rams since his switch, with seven receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown.

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