Baker Mayfield desires to powerful it out.
The Browns quarterback mentioned he expects to play Thursday evening in opposition to the Denver Broncos regardless of a painful left shoulder damage that has worsened since he damage it a month in the past whereas making an attempt to make a deal with.
Requested if he expects to play, Mayfield, who took half within the staff’s morning walk-through, mentioned, “I do.”
Mayfield, who re-injured his non-throwing shoulder Sunday, mentioned it was nonetheless to be decided if he would apply.
Case Keenum is Cleveland’s backup and the 33-year-old veteran, who has 62 profession NFL begins, will play if Mayfield feels he cannot go.
Mayfield has performed the previous 4 video games with an entire tear of his left labrum suffered on Sept. 19. He is carrying a harness to stabilize the shoulder, however that did not forestall it from twice coming out of the socket — as soon as on a non-contact play — in a loss to Arizona on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Mayfield mentioned it is vital for him to remain on the sphere.
“I believe that units the tone,” he mentioned. “Clearly, if I used to be in a bodily state the place I wasn’t capable of play to one of the best of my skills and I used to be hurting the staff, I wouldn’t do this as a result of I care about successful and I wish to give this staff one of the best place to do this, so I wish to be on the market.
“I wish to get wholesome, I wish to do all that, in order that’s what it’s about.”
Mayfield is awaiting a second opinion on MRI outcomes to evaluate the harm to his non-throwing shoulder, which he injured in Week 3.
Mayfield may benefit from taking a sport off. After dealing with the Broncos on Thursday, Cleveland received’t play once more till Oct. 31 in opposition to Pittsburgh and the added break would give Mayfield’s damage an opportunity to heal some.
Mayfield mentioned that in the end the choice on whether or not he performs will come all the way down to with the ability to carry out at his finest — and which may not be doable proper now. He is planning to check his ache tolerance with exhausting throws.
“I believe each time we resolve to offer me a few of these reps and throw the pads on and simulate these throws, these sport throws. If I’m not capable of do and be one hundred pc, that’s the place I’d be at.
“I’ve to make that call. Solely I understand how my physique feels. And if anybody questions whether or not I’m hindering the staff in going on the market injured, that’s simply not proper. so it’s my determination, I get to say whether or not I’m capable of play or not, and that’s simply how it’s.”