BEREA, Ohio — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield mentioned that it is “completely” attainable he might return Sunday in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers after lacking Cleveland’s final sport with a left shoulder harm.
Mayfield added that the torn labrum, together with the tuberosity fracture, in his non-throwing shoulder was already feeling higher after he sat final Thursday’s sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos, and that he hopes to proceed to make progress this week to return in time for the Steelers.
“It positively [helped]. A noticeable distinction in vary of movement and power,” Mayfield mentioned earlier than Wednesday’s apply, of the time he had off. “Making an attempt to get that power again and have the ability to go as near a one hundred pc as attainable. But when that is not the case, then we belief the blokes we’ve got on the market.”
Mayfield had performed by way of the labrum harm since Week 2. However on Oct. 17 in opposition to Arizona, he aggravated the harm and suffered the fracture. Mayfield practiced final week and vowed to play in opposition to Denver, however was finally dominated out. Backup Case Keenum began in his place, because the Browns gained, 17-14.
Mayfield, who had by no means missed an NFL begin due to harm earlier than, admitted Wednesday that the irritation within the shoulder was simply too extreme for him to return again on the brief week.
“I mentioned it final week, if I really feel like I am not capable of be near one hundred pc and have the ability to assist this group — if I am in a scenario the place I will damage the group — I am not going to go,” he mentioned.
Preserving the irritation down, in order that he can regain his vary of movement and power, Mayfield added, would be the key to returning Sunday.
“I am taking a look at taking it day-by-day,” he mentioned. “I believe you guys understand how I’m. I need to be on the market enjoying.”