Oct 17, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Baker Mayfield (shoulder) needs surgery but hopes to delay it

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to have surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder, and hopes are it can wait until after the season, NFL Network reported Thursday.

He has been playing through a torn labrum suffered in Week 2, and he aggravated the injury Sunday in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He has been ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Veteran Case Keenum will start in place of Mayfield.

By playing on Thursday this week, the Browns (3-3) have 10 days off until their next game on Oct. 31 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving Mayfield time for rest and rehabilitation.

Mayfield, 26, played all but four snaps of Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Cardinals. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

On the season, he has completed 116 of 173 passes (67.1 percent) for 1,474 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum (5) congratulates quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) on the touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Browns tab QB Case Keenum to start vs. Broncos

Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum will start Thursday’s game against the visiting Denver Broncos.

Keenum will be under center in place of Baker Mayfield, who had started 51 consecutive games since his rookie season in 2018. Mayfield is nursing a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder.

“Case Keenum will be our starter tomorrow night and we have full confidence in him to lead us and do the things necessary to put us in position to win,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday. “Baker fought really hard to play, he’s a competitor and obviously wants to be out there but just couldn’t make it on a short week. We know he will continue to do everything in his power to return as quickly as possible.”

Keenum, 33, has started 62 games since 2013. He has thrown for 14,420 yards with 75 touchdowns and 47 interceptions in 71 career appearances with the Houston Texans (2013-14), St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2015-16), Minnesota Vikings (2017), Broncos (2018), Washington Football Team (2019) and Browns.

Mayfield, 26, played all but four snaps of Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Mayfield has a chance to return to action in Cleveland’s Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL Network reported on Wednesday.

The Browns (3-3) have lost two in a row heading into Thursday’s game versus the Broncos (3-3), who have dropped three straight.

–Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) fumbles the ball as he is brought down by Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the second half of an NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

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Browns QB Baker Mayfield determined to play despite injury

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said the labrum of his left, non-throwing shoulder is “completely torn,” but he still plans to play Thursday when the Browns host the Denver Broncos.

While he reportedly is seeking a second opinion on the results of an MRI, he said he will be on the field as long as he’s able to be. ESPN reported Tuesday that the Browns don’t think the injury is season ending or will need surgery right away.

“Only I know how my body feels,” Mayfield told reporters Tuesday before practice, adding it was still to be determined whether he’d take part. “And if anyone questions whether I’m hurting the team by going out there, that’s not right. It’s my decision. I get to say whether I am able to play or not.”

He did not take part in Monday’s practice.

Mayfield played all but four snaps of Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The Browns, a team with preseason Super Bowl aspirations, enter Thursday night’s game with a 3-3 mark and a number of injuries.

Running back Nick Chubb (calf) is unlikely to play and Week 6 starter Kareem Hunt was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, also with a calf injury. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. missed Monday’s practice because of a shoulder injury. Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (ankle) was also put on IR on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns QB Baker Mayfield has partially torn labrum

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is dealing with a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Mayfield has been ailing, but multiple outlets reported the severity of the injury on Thursday.

Mayfield hurt the shoulder (non-throwing) while attempting a tackle after an interception in a 31-21 win over the Houston Texans on Sept. 19 and has worn a harness on the shoulder in the two games since, including Sunday’s 14-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The injury isn’t expected to require surgery, NFL Network reported.

In Sunday’s game, Mayfield completed just 15 of 33 passes for 155 yards. Asked afterward if the harness could affect his accuracy, Mayfield replied, “It shouldn’t.”

Mayfield has thrown for 935 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions this season for the Browns (3-1), who visit the Los Angeles Chargers (3-1) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield: Sore shoulder no excuse for accuracy issues

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield dismissed the notion that his injured left shoulder played a role in his subpar performance in his last game.

Mayfield acknowledged Wednesday that he wore a harness on his non-throwing shoulder during the Browns’ 14-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He completed just 15 of 33 passes for 155 yards, two-plus weeks removed from having his left shoulder pop out while attempting to make a tackle following an interception against the Houston Texans.

When asked if the harness could affect his accuracy, Mayfield replied, “It shouldn’t.”

Mayfield, 26, labeled his footwork as clean and simply owned the bad performance versus the Vikings.

“You’ve just got to make the damn play,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

Mayfield has thrown for 935 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions this season for the Browns (3-1), who visit the Los Angeles Chargers (3-1) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Derrick Nnadi (91) is called for a facemask penalty on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Browns WR Jarvis Landry week-to-week with MCL sprain

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry suffered an MCL sprain in his knee and is considered week-to-week.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t have a timeline for Landry’s return when asked Monday and said he was unsure if Landry would need to be placed on injured reserve. If he is, he would miss at least three games.

Landry was injured on the second play of Cleveland’s victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Landry limped off the field after being tackled at the end of a 9-yard reception.

Odell Beckham Jr. missed his second consecutive game Sunday as he continues his comeback from a torn ACL. However, Beckham could make his 2021 debut in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears if all goes well in practice this week.

Browns tight end Austin Hooper was quarterback Baker Mayfield’s top target Sunday, catching five passes for 40 yards. He was targeted five times.

Landry has six catches for 80 yards on the season.

Mayfield went to the locker room briefly after his shoulder “kind of popped in and out” after trying to make a tackle on Texans safety Justin Reid, who intercepted Mayfield in the first half.

“Nothing too serious,” Mayfield said after the game.

–Field Level Media