Back during the Sept. 19 game against the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a pretty nasty shoulder injury. According to a new report, it may be more significant than originally believed.
Mayfield admitted after the injury that his shoulder “kinda popped in and out,” but he remained in the game. The MRI came back negative, and while head coach Kevin Stefanski said the quarterback was sore, but “doing fine.”
He was spectacular in that win over the lowly Texans, throwing just two incompletions all day and racking up 10.1 yards per attempt. His performance has dipped in the weeks since.
In Week 3, a 26-6 win against the Chicago Bears, Mayfield was solid, throwing for 246 yards on 61.3-percent completions, with a touchdown. Last week, a 14-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings, was ugly though. He had just 155 yards and completed fewer than 50-percent of his throws. Stefanski blamed himself for the outing, though according to Ian Rapoport, Mayfield is also dealing with a “partially torn labrum” and has been wearing a shoulder harness.
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield, who has been wearing a shoulder harness to play, suffered a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder on Sept 19 vs the #Texans, sources say. No surgery needed as of now. He was listed on the report after the injury and hasn’t missed a practice snap.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2021
The good news is that this is his non-throwing shoulder. We saw Drew Brees need surgery on a similar injury early in his career, though that was in his throwing shoulder, which is more significant.
Still, it isn’t ideal for a team with Super Bowl aspirations, and a quarterback that still seeks to prove that he can be elite, and earn a contract to match. There are plenty of concerns for the young QB around the NFL world today.
More to suggest that the Browns run game will be key against the Chargers https://t.co/5YsINeDZTd
— Taylor Bisciotti (@TaylorBisciotti) October 7, 2021
Not good for the Browns as they go into their toughest part of the season. You gotta love the toughness and the grit from Baker though. https://t.co/joLTpC9Vdt
— Brandon Wolf (@BrandonWolfCLE) October 7, 2021
— Matthew Peterson (@MatthewPetey) October 7, 2021
I’ll never question Baker’s toughness, the guy is the ultimate gamer, but it’s been obvious he’s not right. Some of the throws he’s missed the last couple weeks have been very uncharacteristic. This is not an ideal situation for the #Browns. https://t.co/9sG8010Adc
— Adam Copeland (@exiledclevelndr) October 7, 2021
They can say it isn’t impacting him all they want, but there’s a big diff in how he’s looked before vs. after injury.
— Jeff D MovieRankings.net (@JeffDLowe) October 7, 2021
Uh oh. This injury sucks. Didn’t think mine was ever going to heal fully https://t.co/4uvR1CQhw8
— Luke Viverette (@Lukev_4) October 7, 2021
Baker Mayfield will get a stiff challenge on Sunday, with a trip to face Joey Bosa and a tough Los Angeles Chargers defense. Case Keenum is behind Mayfield on the Browns’ depth chart, if this injury situation gets worse.
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