Training continues as Baker Mayfield looks to come back against the Steelers
BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield wants to return to the field after interrupting his streak of 51 straight starts as he dealt with his shoulder injury – and he’s doing everything he can to make sure it happens.
Mayfield returned to training on Wednesday after being sidelined with injury. It’s a session that offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said went well.
“He trained a lot yesterday and looked good,” Van Pelt said.
Mayfield was sidelined Thursday against the Denver Broncos with a left shoulder injury he sustained in Week 2 against the Houston Texans that worsened in Week 6 against the Cardinals from Arizona.
The initial diagnosis was a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, but over the weeks it became known that Mayfield had completely torn his labrum in his left shoulder and also fractured the humerus bone in his left shoulder when the shoulder is dislocated.
Ahead of Wednesday’s practice session, Mayfield said his shoulder was feeling better and he was working to make sure the injury heals and doesn’t get worse while fighting to get back on the pitch on Sunday.
“It certainly is, a noticeable difference in range of motion and strength. So like I said take it day to day and see where we’re at, ”Mayfield said. “I mean, yeah, I’m not exactly a doctor, I don’t know how long it takes for these things to heal, but it was mostly the inflammation so I could get the range of motion back. and this force. This is where we are at and this is where we continue to assess.
Van Pelt has said Mayfield will be training but the decision to return will not be made until later this week.
“I think he will go today for sure and we’ll determine later in the week how he feels. Obviously, it’s up to the doctors and medical staff to determine if he’s ready to go or not, ”Van Pelt said.
In Thursday’s practice session, Mayfield was the only player to wear pads, apparently to gain a better understanding of how his body felt as they gathered so much information about his injury to decide if he would be able to play against the Steelers.
#Brown Baker Mayfield works in tampons today. They started the session by dressing him in his gear and putting on his harness just before he stepped out to test his readiness for his second straight day of training. pic.twitter.com/hhVmllHJBd
– Camryn Justice (@camijustice) 28 October 2021
While Mayfield gets the majority of starting reps in training, the team are still keeping backup quarterback Case Keenum on hold in case Mayfield can’t start his second straight game.
“Case is receiving more than usual. We are not dividing the representatives. But all the backups are ready to run without any representative and that’s kind of the job of the backup. He’ll be ready to go no matter how many reps he does, “Van Pelt said.
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