Browns QB Baker Mayfield needs shoulder surgery, but there’s a twist
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is just one of many players on the roster who will be sidelined on Thursday night against the Broncos due to injury. In fact, Mayfield has been playing through a torn labrum that will evidently need surgery in the offseason. But, he’s expected to play through it for the rest of the season. Talk about tough. Via Ian Rapoport:
#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.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 21, 2021
It is his non-throwing shoulder therefore the Browns signal-caller has been able to fight through the pain. But, it will certainly be tough for him to get through another three months potentially with the shoulder bothering him, especially if Cleveland makes a deep playoff run.
Mayfield is doing the right thing and sitting out on Thursday to give that shoulder some rest. It’s taking more and more of a beating every week when he gets hit as well. The former Oklahoma star knows that his production wouldn’t be at the same level right now.
Mayfield suffered the injury on September 19th in a Browns victory over the Texans. He was actually trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception. Mayfield has been wearing a harness on his shoulder, but he re-aggravated the injury last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Case Keenum is expected to start in his place. The likes of Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and Jadeveon Clowney aren’t available for Week 7, either.