The Browns were already hit hard by injuries earlier in the year. They might be facing their most important to date.
Following the end of Cleveland’s 37-14 loss to the Cardinals, quarterback Baker Mayfield was seen wearing a sling over his left arm. According to Ben Axelrod of WKYC 3News, Mayfield said he dislocated his shoulder during the game and slipped during non-contact play, but he expects to be able to play despite the injury.
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During the third quarter, Mayfield was sacked by defensive end JJ Watt on a 2nd and 13th, and he landed on his left shoulder. He came back to the game and finished it.
The fact that he fell on the left shoulder is of particular concern as it was reported by The Athletic that on September 19 he suffered a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder and that he chose to play despite the injury.
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It wasn’t the only injury the Browns suffered on Sunday. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. left the game with a shoulder injury, although he returned to the game, and running back Kareem Hunt was taken off the field with a calf injury.
Cleveland entered the game already missing both running back Nick Chubb, who was out with a calf injury, and wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who was placed in the injured reserve in Week 3.
The Browns announced Friday that Landry had been nominated for the return, but he did not make the team’s Week 6 game.
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Mayfield played Sunday’s entire game against Arizona. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
It will be a quick turnaround for Mayfield to prepare for his next game. The Browns face the Broncos in “Thursday Night Football” this week, which leaves him just three days of practice before his next game.