BEREA, Ohio — Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t ready to play following knee surgery and won’t make his debut Sunday against Houston.

Coach Kevin Stefanski ruled Beckham out Tuesday, saying he will practice on a limited basis this week but will sit out against the Texans (1-0).

“I talked to Odell about it,” Stefanski said. “This is my decision and felt it was the right thing to do for this week.”

Beckham, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last October, was expected to play in the season opener at Kansas City. However, after going through pregame warmups, the three-time Pro Bowler told the Browns he couldn’t be on the field for the number of plays they wanted and he was ruled inactive.

Stefanski said he decided to reveal Beckham’s status early in the week.

“Just felt like that was the right thing to do,” Stefanski said before Tuesday’s workout. “Last week I felt we had a good plan, he was close, working very hard on the side. But just felt like it made more sense to have clarity early in the week from a game-planning, practice standpoint.’

“So that’s the plan for this week.”

Stefanski reiterated that Beckham, who is in his third season with Cleveland, has not suffered any setbacks and that the decision to make him inactive after he practiced all week wasn’t out of the ordinary.

JETS: New York is expected to get wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole back this week, with both possibly able to play in the home opener Sunday against New England after they sat out Week 1.

Crowder has been on the COVID-19 list, while Cole is dealing with a knee injury.

COWBOYS: Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence broke a foot in practice and likely will be out at least six weeks, two people with knowledge of the injury said.

The injury to Lawrence came with the Cowboys already planning to be without their other starting defensive end, Randy Gregory, who is out after testing positive for COVID-19. Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t seem optimistic Wednesday when asked about Gregory’s availability against the Chargers.

SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton said that a group of his offensive coaches, along with the team’s nutritionist and a player, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Payton didn’t identify by name any of those who had tested positive. But he later indicated that those missing from in-person preparations included an offensive line coach, a receivers coach, a running backs coach and two tight ends coaches. Payton said all are vaccinated.

Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that six offensive assistants had tested positive. That person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team and NFL at that point had not made a public statement about the matter.

Later Tuesday, Michael Thomas – who already was ineligible to play the first six games while on the club’s physically unable to perform list – was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. The names of most others who tested positive were not expected to be released in the short term because of federal medical privacy laws.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville Coach Urban Meyer says “there’s no chance” he takes the open job at Southern California. “I’m here and committed to try to build an organization,” Meyer added.

Meyer’s name was immediately linked to USC after the Trojans fired Clay Helton on Monday. Meyer has found success at every college stop, building winners at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He won two national championships with the Gators (2006, 2008) and another with the Buckeyes (2014).

He left Ohio State after the 2018 season and spent two years working as a college football analyst at Fox Sports. Jaguars owner Shad Khan convinced him to return to the sidelines in an effort to deliver a consistent contender in Jacksonville. The Jaguars (0-1) lost their season opener 37-21 at Houston, a debacle of a debut that included 10 penalties, six dropped passes and three turnovers.

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