Update, Sept. 30 — Beckham Jr. did not practice Friday and has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s contest. Rashod Bateman has also been ruled out, so Zay Flowers and Nelson Agholor are going to be the top wide receivers for Lamar Jackson to work with. Mark Andrews remains a threat over the middle, but Flowers is the guy most likely to see additional work.
Update, Sept. 29 — Beckham Jr. was once again absent from practice on Friday, likely meaning he won’t play against the Browns.
Update, Sept. 28 — Beckham Jr. was absent from practice again on Thursday. If he isn’t able to practice in a limited capacity on Friday, the veteran wideout may miss yet another game due to his ankle injury.
Ravens RB Justice Hill (toe) and S Kyle Hamilton (back) were back at practice today. Otherwise, no new absences:— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) September 28, 2023
WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle)
WR Rashod Bateman (hamstring)
OLB Odafe Oweh (ankle)
OLB David Ojabo (ankle/knee)
CB Marlon Humphrey (foot)
Beckham did not play in last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts due to the same ankle injury that’s keeping him out of practice heading into Week 4.
He caught 2-of-3 targets in the season opener against the Houston Texans for 37 receiving yards. Then, Beckham came through while catching 3-of-4 targets for 29 yards in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has yet to score a touchdown this season.
Fantasy football implications for Week 4
Nelson Agholor stepped up with Beckham out last week, coming through with five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown against the Colts. Agholor’s six targets were the second highest on the team, and his five receptions were tied with TE Mark Andrews for the most among Baltimore pass-catchers in that game.
While it’s difficult to believe that Agholor would be able to replicate that production against a tough Cleveland defense, Beckham’s potential absence would cause Agholor to see more snaps than usual in three receiver sets.