Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has been dealing with an injury in his non-throwing shoulder since Week 2, and he admitted he is really “beat up” right now following their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17.
Mayfield's torn labrum is no secret, and by the way he performed in the latest Monday Night Football showdown, it's likely that the injury has been bothering him and it has gotten worse as the season progressed.
Now, in his postgame presser, Mayfield confirmed that he has made the decision to undergo surgery in order to come back 100 percent in time for the 2022 campaign. The date of his surgery is still unknown, but it raises questions about his availability in Week 18 for the final game of the campaign since the Browns are no longer fighting for anything.
While nothing is confirmed, Mayfield said he will have to talk to his family and agent whether to play or not against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Now it’s time for me to start looking at what’s best for me and my health. … I’m pretty damn beat up right now,” Mayfield said, per Jake Trotter of ESPN.
Baker Mayfield was clearly not at his best against the Steelers, completing just 16 of his 32 passes for 185 yards. The connection with his QBs just wasn't there, with some even questioning his decision-making in various plays. He did have two touchdowns, but it also came with two interceptions.
Since the Browns are already out of the playoff picture, it won't be wrong for Mayfield to sit out their final home game. After all, it's better to avoid risking further injury in an already meaningless gamer.
Sure enough, though, Mayfield is taking the decision seriously.