Report: Baker Mayfield likely to need surgery, hopes to wait until after season

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will not play tonight because of the left shoulder injury that he has been playing through for weeks. His status for the rest of the season appears uncertain.

Mayfield is expected to need surgery on the torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. That sounds a little worse than previous reporting indicated; Rapoport reported two weeks ago that Mayfield wasn’t expected to need surgery “as of now.”

But Rapoport reports that the surgery could be delayed until after the season and that Mayfield can play through the injury. However, the same report says that “incurring more damage would make it challenging.”

Realistically, it’s unlikely that Mayfield can play the rest of the season without incurring more damage. Quarterbacks get hit, and they land awkwardly, often with 300-pound men landing on top of them. That’s a recipe for more damage on an already injured shoulder.

Because he’s missing tonight’s game, Mayfield will have two weeks off before the Browns’ next game, October 31 against the Steelers. How healthy his left shoulder is heading into that game remains to be seen.

38 responses to “Report: Baker Mayfield likely to need surgery, hopes to wait until after season

  1. Browns got 3 options ,….

    1) wait till offseason and do everything (mortgage future) to get Rodgers

    2) really throw the dice and enter the Deshawn Watson lottery

    3) wait till off season and see if Tom Brady wants to come up to Clev and do some “dead living”?

  2. The Browns were struggling with injuries early, and the Cardinals defense amped that up to devastated with injuries. A game 6 that felt like it was ending a season.

  3. Torn Labrums need surgery to heal, it’s not “if”, it’s always “when”.
    I’ve had two Labrum surgeries, one on each side.
    It shouldn’t affect a non throwing side, but I’m not an NFL QB.
    If I were him, just get it done now because the pain lingers for a year after surgery.

  4. Browns should get into Watson sweepstakes. Baker doesn’t appear to be the answer in Cleveland.

  5. once i played a whole season with a shoulder that kept dislocating (not at QB though). i just taped the heck out of it, and had to scrub the taped area with turpentine after ripping it off. the good thing is that the more a shoulder dislocates, the less it hurts when it happens! good times. lol. after the reconstruction surgery, the physical therapy was some of the most painful stuff i ever had to endure.

  6. This is a contract year for him. He’ll be back on the field, injury be damned. His price tag goes down by the day

  7. bakermd says:

    October 21, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Browns got 3 options ,….

    1) wait till offseason and do everything (mortgage future) to get Rodgers

    2) really throw the dice and enter the Deshawn Watson lottery

    3) wait till off season and see if Tom Brady wants to come up to Clev and do some “dead living”?
    —————–
    Yes, the browns have 3 options but not the make believe fairy tale options you made up with 0 possibility. Their options are as follow
    1. Let him play, risk further injury and surgery after the season.
    2. Let him play, judge his effectiveness then decide whether to shut him down immediately.
    3. Shut him down and have surgery asap.

  8. You aren’t making the playoffs. Just go get it done. The Browns are dumb enough to pay you $40 million anyways.

  9. Can he still make his Progressive commercials? They are the only ones worth a darn during the games.

  10. Browns should let him get the surgery now…the Browns are built for running and short passes & smart QB mangement…Keenan can do that just fine.

  11. It all depends on how well or badly Case Keenum plays. If Keenum plays well and provides a spark Mayfield will be done for the season.

  12. Mayfield get them mediocrity. Mediocrity is an upgrade in Cleveland. You’ve got to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run. One step at a time.

  13. I’ll bet you he wishes he would have worked out an off season deal now. Now instead of worrying about leaving money on the table he’ll be laying on it.

  14. Dear Packers – Please send Jordan Love to the Browns for a twelve pack of Milwaukee’s Best.

  15. Mayfield can shut it down now and supplement his income by selling off his teammates’ equipment.

  16. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    October 21, 2021 at 11:00 am
    Browns should get into Watson sweepstakes. Baker doesn’t appear to be the answer in Cleveland.
    ———————————–

    Yes, they not only got to the playoffs, but won in the first round last year for the first time in forever. Let’s get rid of him because that makes so much sense.

  17. Get the surgery now. Waiting for it to get better will not happen. If he plays in the Pit game, he will be out for the season, maybe that’s what his ego needs…!!!

  18. Hate to brake it to your diehards BUT Baker will be a good “game manager” journeymen QB and with that Carlos Biarga body he be done by age 32.

  19. Hate to brake it to your diehards BUT Baker will be a good “game manager” journeymen QB when all is said and done and with that Carlos Biarga body he be done by age 32.

    Question is will owner Hazmat be dumb enough to pay 40 mil a season?

  20. Hmmm, Sean Payton is maybe monitoring this situation very closely…Interesting to see how this unfolds…

  21. The Browns are not getting D Watson. That’s absurd.
    Baker will try to play no matter what because it’s a contract year and he still has a lot to prove.

    The Browns are #2 in the league in rushing but are beat up at running back and line. But Mayfield or Case K can stick to lots of hand offs and short throws.

    The Browns defense has to step up.

    And no Sean Payton is not watching Mayfield. Mayfield is not Drew Brees and it’s not really debateable.

  22. Browns should trade for Garoppolo since Garoppolo actually can win games when he is on the field.

  23. Do it now. It’s a rough surgery with a long recovery. If you wait until the offseason, not only do you blow this season because you’re playing hurt, but you potentially screw up the beginning of next season because the recovery will definitely keep you out of all off season activities and you won’t be 100% when the season starts.

  24. I mean if he wants to Andrew Luck this thing, by all means keep playing and get the surgery much later than you should… Andy is fine though, he got his big contract and Baker has not yet.

  25. It looks like Baker isn’t cut out for this whole NFL (Not For Long) thing. He might consider walking away while he still can, and pursue more of those cutesy commercial spots….

  26. I thought it was up to Baker…. Not his coach, the GM, his tendons or even the doctors…. What happened guy?

  27. The browns will not make a return to the playoffs. They go 8 and 9 this year.

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