Mayfield to make call over Broncos game
The day after he was among the 20 players the Cleveland Browns listed on their estimated injury report, quarterback Baker Mayfield insisted it will be up to him to decide if he plays on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.
Mayfield is dealing with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder and did not practice three days ahead of the matchup with the 11/10 Broncos - with the Browns 10/13 to regain the winning thread.
Cleveland have lost back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals since it emerged that Mayfield had an issue with the shoulder he originally hurt in Week Two.
I get to say whether I play or not, and that's just how it is.Baker Mayfield
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The former first overall pick re-injured it again in Sunday's loss and missed several plays before returning to the game.
Mayfield told reporters on Tuesday he expects to be on the field this week.
"It's my decision. I get to say whether I play or not, and that's just how it is," Mayfield said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
"Today is better than yesterday, that's for sure," Mayfield added. "Just back to the basics, trying to get the inflammation down and see where it goes.
"On a fall like (in) the game Sunday, anybody's shoulder probably would of popped out from how I felt. So it was kind of a freak deal."
The Browns' list of walking-wounded includes running back Nick Chubb, who has been ruled out of Thursday's game, and fellow rusher Kareem Hunt, who alongside linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was placed on the injured reserve list.
Hunt injured his calf on Sunday during the fourth quarter while Owusu-Koramoah suffered a high ankle sprain during the game.
The Browns are also potentially going to be without wideout Odell Beckham Jr and both starting offensive tackles Jedrick Wills and Jack Conklin because of injuries.