BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns are on their second day of preparation for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they do so with their starting quarterback back in the mix and back in practice.
Baker Mayfield returned to training on Wednesday, working on the shoulder pain caused by his ongoing injury.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski said Mayfield will train regularly with Case Keenum getting a few starting reps like a typical Wednesday session.
Ahead of practice, Mayfield said he was taking things “day to day” but said he “absolutely” had a chance to play against the Steelers on Sunday.
“I said last week: if I’m not able to be 100% close or help this team, if I’m in a situation where I’m going to hurt the team, I’m not going going there so that’s where we’re at and that’s what we’ve assessed, ”Mayfield said.
Mayfield was sidelined Thursday against the Denver Broncos with a left shoulder injury he sustained in Week 2 that worsened in Week 6.
He first injured his non-throwing shoulder on September 19 when the Browns faced the Houston Texans. Mayfield was trying to pitch to rookie wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, who appeared to come to a halt prematurely, allowing the Texans to intercept the ball.
While trying to make a tackle, Mayfield appeared to have a shoulder injury and was on the pitch before the coaches rushed to assess him. Mayfield walked over to the medical tent and then returned to the locker room. But soon after, Mayfield returned from the locker room to the sideline, putting on his helmet and preparing to resume the game.
Mayfield described the injury as his shoulder having “popped in and out”.
The injury was exacerbated against the Arizona Cardinals when he was sacked by defensive end JJ Watt. Mayfield finally got up and left the field on his own and entered the medical tent on the sidelines. After leaving and returning several times, Mayfield put on his helmet and returned to the game.
After the match, Mayfield showed up to the press conference with a sling and said his left shoulder dislocated instantly and then went in and out during a non-contact play after his back to the field.
The Browns watched Mayfield and watched him as a limited participant in one practice session before ruling him out against the Broncos and announcing backup quarterback Case Keenum would start. Then on Thursday, a report came out from Jay Glazer of the NFL Fox that Mayfield has a fractured humerus in addition to the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
After the game, head coach Kevin Stefanski was asked about the report and, although he declined to go into details of Mayfield’s injury, said it would not change the trajectory of his return on the field, even giving him the chance to play against the Steelers.
“Of course there is a chance for all of that, but it’s too far to give you a good number,” Stefanski said. “He’s another guy fighting and he’ll be back as soon as he can.”
Mayfield said the free time from practice and Thursday’s game made a noticeable difference in his shoulder and that he will return when he’s ready.
“It definitely is, a noticeable difference in range of motion and strength. So like I said take it day to day and see where we are at,” Mayfield said. I mean, yeah, I’m not exactly a doctor, I don’t know how long it takes for these things to heal, but it was mostly the inflammation so I could get the range of motion back and This strength is where we are and this is where we continue to assess.
But the quarterback has made it clear that he doesn’t listen to any outside noise when it comes to sitting or not.
“People are talking outside. They don’t know how I’m feeling and don’t decide if I can go or not,” Mayfield said. “I think I still take it day to day to be honest with you because there are some things you can do to fix things inside the rotator cuff and make it stronger. If you looked at the shoulders of a lot of people. , you would see a lot of partial rips in these labrums, so there are things you can do to, i guess, help with that, but we’ll assess that when the time is needed.
Camryn Justice is a digital content producer at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camijustice.
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