Odell Beckham's Week 2 status will not be as uncertain as it was in Week 1.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski avoided being coy in the lead-up to Cleveland's second game of the season, telling reporters Wednesday that Beckham will not play Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Beckham (knee) was listed as a limited participant in Cleveland's Wednesday injury report.
Heading into the season opener, Beckham was questionable up until the inactives list was released for Sunday's eventual 33-29 loss to Kansas City. The star receiver ended up spending the game in street clothes on the sideline as the Browns battled with the Chiefs in a thrilling season-opening affair.
Cleveland was fine without Beckham, as Baker Mayfield threw for 321 yards and the Browns gained over 450 yards of total offense. There were a few key moments, though -- an incomplete pass intended for rookie Anthony Schwartz in one-on-one coverage being one -- in which many wondered if Beckham would have made the play others could not had he been available.
Beckham hasn't played since suffering a season-ending ACL injury against Cincinnati last October. He's been on the field for the Browns during practice since the start of camp, but never as a full participant.
He won't return to action against Houston. Cleveland will turn to an assortment of Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and a three-man tight end group (Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Harrison Bryant) to replace any production lost by Beckham's absence.