Baker Mayfield: Browns announce tough news on injury
The Cleveland Browns announced today that quarterback, Baker Mayfield, has a partially torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. Should there be a concern?
The questions have been mounting for the Cleveland Browns the last two weeks, was Baker Mayfield’s shoulder healthy? He suffered a big hit vs. the Houston Texans and hasn’t really looked right since.
After initially fighting through the pain and not being listed on the injury report, the Browns announced this morning that the quarterback has a partially torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.
How big of a deal is this? That’s yet to be seen.
Mayfield has yet to miss a single snap in practice since returning after getting x-rays vs. the Texans, but there is no doubt that his accuracy has gone downhill. The partial tear is in his nonthrowing shoulder, but the throwing motion is likely still affected by the issue.
How short is the leash for Baker Mayfield?
The guy hasn’t missed a game in three seasons, so I just think if he can play through the pain, you won’t see a change. However, if he misses a few wide-open guys again as he did vs. the Vikings and it cost the team a game, there will start to be a lot of pressure to let Case Keenum play while Mayfield tries to get healthy.
This is not a scenario that anyone in Cleveland wants to see, but at the end of the day, this is why you have a backup as good as Keenum. This is a guy who has a ton of starting experience and can come in and manage a game for you.
The question you hope doesn’t need to be answered, at what percentage of healthy does Mayfield need to be before considering Keenum.
Is 70 percent healthy Mayfield better than 100 percent Keenum? That’s a tough one we hope doesn’t come up.