There is a chance that Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could miss his first Super Bowl.
Beckham’s partner, Lauren Wood, is due to give birth any day. Beckham told reporters Friday that he’s trying not to think about a potential arrival that coincides with Super Bowl 56.
“I don’t need you to put that energy in the air about the Saturday night or the Sunday thing,’’ Beckham told reporters, via the New York Post. “I think God has a different plan. I don’t need it during the Super Bowl. I want to see my child being born, so I’m on watch.”
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Wood first announced her pregnancy via Instagram in November, shortly after Beckham signed with the Rams. The post included several maternity pictures of the couple, and Wood captioned the post, “ilyilyily.” Beckham commented on the post, “Can’t wait baby!”
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Barring any surprise circumstances, Beckham will start for the Rams in the Super Bowl against the Bengals on Sunday.
“Literally my phone is right here just in case, so I’m on call,” Beckham said, per the Associated Press. “I’m on watch. I’m on standby.”
Since signing a one-year deal worth $4.25 million with the Rams in November, Beckham has emerged as a top target once again and had one of his best games of the year in the Rams’ 20-17 win over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game with nine catches for 113 yards.
The three-time Pro-Bowl selection was released by the Browns in November after recording 17 catches for 232 yards in six games.