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Baker Mayfield Expects to Play Through Rib Injury Sunday



Browns Steelers QB Baker Mayfield

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a rib injury in the team’s win over the Indianapolis Colts, but left little doubt regarding his availability to face the Steelers on Sunday.

“Oh, yeah. Mama didn’t raise no wuss,” he said.

Mayfield suffered the injury in the second half after being hit by Colts defensive end Justin Houston, but postgame X-rays on his ribs came back negative.

While it is positive news for the Browns that Mayfield suffered no structural damage, he will need to get healthy in a hurry before traveling to Heinz Field on Sunday. The Steelers are tied for the NFL lead with 20 sacks on the season.

Selected with the No. 1-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma, Mayfield has had a strong start to his third season has had a major impact on the Browns’ historic 4-1 start.

He has thrown for an average of just 195.2 yards per game, but has tossed nine touchdowns and dramatically reduced his turnovers from a season ago.

Mayfield’s ability to protect the football will be put to the rest against a Pittsburgh that has forced seven turnovers through four games.