Browns QB Baker Mayfield’s ‘crazy’ decision for Thursday Night Football vs. Broncos
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt won’t be playing and the offensive line is in shambles. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is dealing with a completely torn labrum. However, the QB1 for the Browns intends to play anyways, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 20, 2021
As Rapoport notes, there’s only so many instances of the shoulder popping out and needing to be popped back in that Mayfield can sustain before he would have to go the route of getting surgery. For now, he sounds hellbent on continuing to play for the Browns, including on the short week against Denver.
Mayfield went down hard in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals and clutched his shoulder in pain as he laid on the field for a couple of minutes. Despite all of it, he plans on playing through it for the Browns.
Cleveland has lost two straight after their 3-1 start. Losses to the Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals in back-to-back weeks have the Browns reeling a bit but beyond that, the major concern is trying to figure out how to deal with all the injuries.
The good news for Cleveland is that they will be hosting a Broncos team that is sputtering at 3-3 after a 3-0 start.
Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is banged up as well heading into the game against the Browns. Injuries may be the storyline in this one.