Baker Mayfield

Cleveland Browns
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Shoulder surgery goes well

Mayfield has undergone a successful procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the QB's recovery period is expected to be in the 4-6 month range. Additionally, the Browns anticipate that Mayfield should be able to begin light throwing in April and participate in the team's offseason program on a limited basis. Beyond that, the expectation is Mayfield will be fully recovered the start of training camp, at which point he'll remain Cleveland's starting QB, per Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, which is worth a fully guaranteed $18.86 million in 2022.

Jan 19, 2022 2:28 PM EST

Finally getting surgery

Mayfield (shoulder) will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It'd be more of a concern for 2022 if the injury affected his throwing arm. As is, Mayfield should be ready for training camp, if not the Browns' offseason program. He's scheduled to play out 2022 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, and while the Browns reportedly plan to retain him as their starter (per Rapoport), it's unclear if they'll seriously discuss an extension. Even accounting for the injury, 2021 was a clear step back from the year before, both for Mayfield personally and the Browns offense as a whole.

Jan 19, 2022 12:19 PM EST

Will be retained for 2022

The Browns will plan to head into the offseason with the intention of retaining Mayfield (shoulder) as their starting quarterback entering 2022, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network report.

Analysis: Mayfield will miss Sunday's season finale against the Bengals while he rests up in advance of his Jan. 19 surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, an injury he had been playing through since Week 2. The 26-year-old also played through a number of other injuries during the campaign, with his poor health perhaps contributing to his underwhelming statistics (60.5 percent completion rate, 7.2 YPA, 17:13 TD:INT) over 14 outings. According to Rapoport and Pelissero, Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski met Friday, and sources say the two are on the same page as the 2018 No. 1 overall pick enters the final year of his contract in 2022, which is worth a fully guaranteed $18.86 million. The report suggests that if Mayfield plays well under the final year of his deal, Cleveland could place its franchise tag on him next offseason or look to work out an extension with him entering 2023.

Jan 9, 2022 5:28 AM EST

Shoulder surgery scheduled

Mayfield is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder Jan. 19, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old is sitting out the season finale and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, and he won't wait too long after the end of the campaign before undergoing surgery. Mayfield should have enough time to make a full recovery in time for training camp after playing through the injury during 2021. Case Keenum is set to start under center for the Browns in Week 18 versus the Bengals, with Nick Mullens serving as the backup quarterback.

Jan 5, 2022 6:29 PM EST

Placed on IR

Mayfield (shoulder) has been placed on IR by the Browns.

Analysis: No surprise here, as Mayfield had already been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Bengals. In a corresponding move, Nick Mullens was added to Cleveland's active roster from the practice squad to back up Case Keenum in Week 18.

Jan 5, 2022 12:24 PM EST

Ruled out for season finale

Mayfield (shoulder) will not play in the Browns' season finale Sunday versus the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mayfield is set to undergo surgery to address a torn labrum in his left shoulder "as soon as possible" according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. The fourth-year quarterback ends his 2021 campaign having completed 60.6 percent of his 418 pass attempts for 3,010 yards and a 17:13 TD:INT ratio. Case Keenum figures to make his second start of the season Sunday in a game that doesn't hold much importance with the Browns eliminated from playoff contention.

Jan 4, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Will have surgery, may sit Week 18

Mayfield said after Monday's 26-14 loss to the Steelers that he will require surgery to address the labrum tear in his left shoulder, but he'll confer with his agent and family before deciding whether to go under the knife prior to the Browns' Week 18 game against the Bengals or during the offseason, Jake Trotter of reports.

Analysis: Even if Mayfield decides to postpone the procedure until the offseason, he may still sit out Week 18, given that the Browns are already eliminated from playoff contention in addition to the fact that he's also battled left foot soreness and a right knee contusion this season. Mayfield has been playing through the torn labrum since Week 2, and though the injury is to his non-throwing arm, playing with his left shoulder in a harness may have had some at least some effect on his poor play in 2021. The 26-year-old suffered through another rough outing in Pittsburgh on Monday, taking nine sacks and throwing two interceptions while also tossing 10 consecutive incompletions at one point during the contest. The Browns and Mayfield could mutually decide that it's in his best interest to rest for the regular-season finale, which would allow Case Keenum to nab his second start of the campaign.

Jan 4, 2022 6:15 AM EST

Rough performance Monday

Mayfield completed 16 of 38 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Monday night's 26-14 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Mayfield found Jarvis Landry for a 20-yard gain on his first throw before things went south. In fact, amid passes being batted down by opponents and dropped by his teammates, Mayfield's next 10 attempts were incomplete, marking a record by a quarterback this season. That streak also included an interception, which was the result of Mayfield's final throw of the night as well. In his defense, though, the signal-caller was under siege most of the game, taking a career-high nine sacks, and Mayfield at least contributed a pair of touchdown tosses in the second half. Still, after four picks in his outing prior, Mayfield's showing Monday didn't do anything to raise optimism over his stock heading into Week 18's finale versus the Bengals.

Jan 3, 2022 9:29 PM EST

Affected by harness

Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Mayfield's performance has been hindered by a harness the quarterback is wearing for his injured left shoulder, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Van Pelt said the harness "handcuffed him a little bit," an issue that became more evident following Mayfield's four-interception game last week against Green Bay. Head coach Kevin Stefanski believes the quarterback has adjusted to the harness and refuses to see it as an excuse for Mayfield's performance. Entering a Monday night meeting in Pittsburgh, Mayfield has an 86.1 quarterback rating, the second-lowest in four seasons and off last year's 95.9 rating, and completed 62.4 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Jan 1, 2022 7:00 AM EST

Struggles on the road

Mayfield completed 21 of 36 pass attempts for 222 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions against Green Bay on Saturday.

Analysis: Mayfield made a handful of nice throws and had an on-target deep ball dropped by Donovan Peoples-Jones at one point, but the four interceptions were a brutal sight and arguably the primary reason the Browns fell in the 24-22 loss. There just isn't much reason to think Mayfield can provide the Browns with high-volume passing production unless the matchup is a favorable one, because in this game and others he seems out of his comfort zone when playing catch-up or when otherwise forced to throw without the aid of playaction setups. The Browns should have the luxury of limiting Mayfield's exposure by setting up more favorable looks against the Steelers in Week 17, assuming they can manage the pass rush threat posed by T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward. A healthier offensive line would be reassuring on that front after playing without left tackle Jedrick Wills against Green Bay.

Dec 25, 2021 4:54 PM EST

Ready to face Packers

Both Mayfield and Case Keenum cleared COVID-19 protocols in advance of Saturday's game against the Packers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The Browns are thus in line to have their top two QBs available Saturday, after Nick Mullens started in place of Mayfield in this past Monday's loss to the Raiders. Per Stacey Dales of NFL Network, Mayfield indicated that he was asymptomatic during his time on the list and was able to remain involved virtually. Moreover, the signal-caller, who's been banged up this season, suggested that after some time off the field his body feels as healthy as it has for a while. Helping Mayfield's Week 16 cause is that wideout Jarvis Landry and tight end Austin Hooper - who were unavailable Monday - are also poised to return to the mix versus Green Bay.

Dec 25, 2021 7:58 AM EST

Reinstated from COVID-19 list

Mayfield was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: The same goes for backup QB Case Keenum and top WR Jarvis Landry, giving the Cleveland offense its full complement of skill-position players apart from No. 2 RB Kareem Hunt (ankle/illness). A road trip to Green Bay won't be easy, especially after so many players have missed practice time, though in Mayfield's case the rest might not be such a bad thing given that he's been playing through injuries (primarily to his shoulder) for most of the year. He figures to get the start this Saturday, with Cleveland and Green Bay scheduled for a 4:30 ET kickoff on Christmas Day.

Dec 24, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Quarantine expires Friday

Mayfield (illness) will be able to play Saturday against the Packers because his 10-day quarantine period expires Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Players that landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on or before Dec. 15 will be eligible because of expiring quarantine periods.

Analysis: If Mayfield gets a negative test prior to Friday, he can join the team on the flight to Green Bay. If not, he'll have to travel separately Friday. So, it would appear the Browns will have their starting quarterback available Saturday; the only caveat being Mayfield has not been able to practice with the team since Tuesday of last week. Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski, who was cleared Wednesday after testing negative, avoids that travel predicament. Stefanski stressed that every player who returns from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to play will need to be evaluated by the club's medical staff, including the player's conditioning. Other members of the team in the same boat as Mayfield include wide receiver Jarvis Landry and left tackle Jedrick Wills. Backup quarterback Case Keenum will need to test negative in order to be active for the game.

Dec 23, 2021 5:16 AM EST

Fails to clear protocols

Mayfield (illness) has reportedly been unable to clear the league's COVID-19 protocols Monday and will not suit up versus the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mayfield was not among players activated by the Browns on Monday morning, and Jake Trotter of confirms that both he and backup Case Keenum (illness) remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That leaves Nick Mullens as the de facto starter versus Las Vegas, while the status of top receiving options Jarvis Landry (illness) and Austin Hooper (illness) also remain uncertain. Mayfield's next chance to play will come Saturday at Green Bay, if he's able to gain full clearance.

Dec 20, 2021 7:19 AM EST

Asymptomatic, hopes to play

Mayfield posted on his Instagram account that he is asymptomatic and hopes to test negative and play against the Raiders on Monday.

Analysis: The Browns-Raiders' Week 15 game was moved from Saturday to Monday at 5 p.m. ET after a wave of COVID-19 struck many members of the Browns, including Mayfield and backup quarterback Case Keenum. Nick Mullens has been added to the active roster and will get the start should neither Mayfield nor Keenum clear protocols.

Dec 20, 2021 5:41 AM EST

Browns-Raiders moved to Monday

Mayfield and the Browns will no longer play the Raiders on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Even with the delay, Mayfield, who was placed on the list Wednesday as the result of a positive test, isn't a safe bet to clear the necessary protocols ahead of Monday's game. Neither is top backup Case Keenum after testing positive for the virus Thursday, so the Browns could turn to practice-squad call-up Nick Mullens to make a spot start in the event both Mayfield and Keenum aren't available.

Dec 17, 2021 12:38 PM EST

Browns-Raiders reportedly postponed to Monday

Mayfield (reserve/COVID-19 list) and the Browns will reportedly no longer play the Raiders on Saturday, with the NFL expected to reschedule the game for Monday at 5 p.m. ET, pending official confirmation, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Even with the delay, Mayfield, who was placed on the list Wednesday as the result of a positive test, isn't a safe bet to clear the necessary protocols ahead of Monday's game. Neither is top backup Case Keenum after testing positive for the virus Thursday, so the Browns could turn to practice-squad call-up Nick Mullens to make a spot start in the event Mayfield and Keenum aren't available.

Dec 17, 2021 12:04 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Mayfield (illness) tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mayfield's positive test for coronavirus comes the same day as coach Kevin Stefanski's, and one day after the Browns placed eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including top wideout Jarvis Landry. Unless he can return two consecutive negative tests prior to Saturday's game against the Raiders, thus clearing the league's protocols, Mayfield will be unable to suit up Week 15. Cleveland does at least have a capable veteran backup on hand in Case Keenum, but with tackle Jedrick Wills and guard Wyatt Teller already on the COVID list, and Kareem Hunt (ankle) likely slated to miss at least one game, this could be an offense depleted of much of its top personnel versus Las Vegas.

Dec 15, 2021 6:47 AM EST

Avoids concussion in win

Mayfield completed 22 of 32 passes for 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Mayfield also rushed six times for 14 yards and was briefly evaluated for a concussion prior to being cleared to return to action, Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram reports. The signal-caller's touchdown passes came on consecutive drives during the first half, finding Jarvis Landry from nine yards before hitting Austin Hooper from one yard. Although he then threw an interception on the next series after his scores, Mayfield still did enough to lead Cleveland to a narrow victory. With a touchdown pass in five straight games, he'll now strive to extend his streak in Week 15 versus the Raiders.

Dec 12, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Inefficient performance in loss

Mayfield (shoulder/foot/groin) completed 18 of 37 pass attempts for 247 yards and a touchdown while losing a fumble in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Mayfield continued his recent trend of poor play, as he now has four turnovers over his last three games while barely clearing a 50 percent completion rate during that span. The banged up quarterback clearly is not meeting the requirements for a starting fantasy option, but we also know that he isn't as bad as he's shown over this recent slump. Perhaps the upcoming bye week could help alleviate the multiple injuries Mayfield has been playin through, but he isn't worth rostering as a standard-league option in his current form.

Nov 28, 2021 11:15 PM EST

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