I was debating.
All week long about if Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield should play against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. This was the original report:
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield is expected to need surgery on his torn labrum following the season, sources say, the result of the hits he’s taken on his non-throwing shoulder. The belief is he can deal with it through the season, but incurring more damage would make it challenging.
But then, this came out DURING the game on Thursday:
Breaking: Baker Mayfield tells (Jay Glazer) in addition to his torn labrum he also fractured his humerus bone (shoulder) according to a scan this week. Baker said the fracture is preventing his rotator cuff from firing.
I’m tired of saying “from personal experience,” but here we go again. From personal experience, getting results from an X-Ray takes about an hour max. Thus, the Browns KNEW about the increased severity of Baker’s injuries. The Browns knew that there was no chance Baker was going to play against the Broncos and it was always Case Keenum’s game from the beginning of the week.
However, the team and Baker left everyone hanging. This includes the Denver Broncos who couldn’t just game plan for a Keenum week but had to take into account the idea that Baker may play or may not play. Smart on the Browns part.
As a fan, I was kind of frustrated when I heard the news. After all, I wrote an entire article telling Baker he needs to sit when it was already a given. The Browns fooled me!
Unfortunately, while the Browns did beat the Broncos, 17-14, under Keenum; losing Baker is tough. The amount of time the starter is gone is still to be determined. If he gets surgery now, it could be for the rest of the season.
Well, the secret is out. Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who the Browns play on Halloween, now know the severity of Baker’s injuries.
Will he or won’t he? We shall see.