With Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield nursing a shoulder injury, Cleveland will start backup Case Keenum when they host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.
QB Case Keenum to start versus Broncos.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 20, 2021
Mayfield re-aggravated his shoulder in Cleveland’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. He initially suffered the injury attempting to make a tackle on an interception return against the Houston Texans on Sept. 19.
While he said it would ultimately be his decision whether or not he suited up for Thursday Night Football, he added that he would not play if his injury hampered the team.
According to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, Mayfield was advised against playing by both team doctors and the second opinion he sought. He could reportedly return on Oct. 31 against the Pittsburgh Steelers if his inflammation subsides.
Per league source, Baker Mayfield was advised against playing Thursday by both team doctors and the 2nd opinion he got back Tuesday. Mayfield, however, could return as soon as Oct. 31 vs. Steelers if the inflammation in the shoulder goes down #Browns— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 20, 2021
Keenum has played for six teams over his ten-year career. He is in his second season with Cleveland.
Keenum has passed for 14,420 yards and 75 touchdowns with 47 interceptions over 71 career games.