Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield told reporters Thursday that he suffered a tuberosity fracture in his left shoulder. He also endured a torn labrum, per ESPN. Mayfield added that the injury was on his non-throwing shoulder and is “preventing his rotator cuff from firing.”
Optimistic News for the Cleveland Browns
Great news for the Browns, Mayfield returned to practice Tuesday attempting to gear up for the Broncos. Unfortunately, he was ruled out on Wednesday, and backup Case Keenum took over.
“I need that fracture to heal for me to get back out there,” Mayfield said shortly before their Thursday night matchup against the Denver Broncos. He emphasized that he’s hoping to return for the Browns home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, late October.
Case Keenum will start at QB for the Browns tomorrow, the team announced.
Baker Mayfield is continuing to recover from an injury to his left shoulder. pic.twitter.com/xXeePftQtO
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 20, 2021
Mayfield suffered a torn labrum early in the season; however, he reaggravated the injury this past Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Veteran defensive end J.J. Watt drove Mayfield’s left shoulder into the dirt. He returned back to the game, after appearing seriously hurt moments after the hit.
Here is the play, he suffered the injury:
Hopefully the Baker Mayfield injury is not as bad as it looked.. pic.twitter.com/QAwMuDwiab
— Dylan Lowe (@DylanLoweNFL) October 17, 2021
“If I am not able to … by 100 percent, that is where I would be out,” Mayfield told reporters. “I have to make that decision. Only I know how my body feels. If anyone questions whether I’m hindering the team and going out there injured, that’s just not right. It’s my decision. I get to say whether I am able to play or not, and that’s just how it is.”
Actual fracture according to Baker is called tuberosity, which is top of humerus. Once that heals he can come back, he’s hoping he’s back for their next game.#TNF #ClevelandBrowns pic.twitter.com/4dddZ5ONdi
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 22, 2021