Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will miss Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos, and his shoulder injury isn’t expected to be healed any time soon.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Mayfield is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder after the season.
While the Browns reportedly believe he will be able to play through the pain the remainder of the season, though there is always a risk of further damage being done.
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield is expected to need surgery on his torn labrum following the season, sources say, the result of the hits he’s taken on his non-throwing shoulder. The belief is he can deal with it through the season, but incurring more damage would make it challenging.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 21, 2021
Mayfield re-aggravated the injury in Cleveland’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. He initially suffered the torn labrum attempting to make a tackle on an interception return against the Houston Texans on Sept. 19.
Backup Case Keenum will start in Mayfield’s stead Thursday night. He 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.
Mayfield was close to playing, so it is not unlikely he will be able to return to the lineup when the Browns host the Steelers next week.