Quarterback Baker Mayfield was knocked out in the Cleveland Browns matchup against the New England Patriots on Sunday after receiving a hard blow from Matthew Judon.
Mayfield has already suffered a serious shoulder injury but appeared to have injured his lower body on the hit, which was a clean shot by Judon right after Mayfield fired a pass. The Browns QB tried to get up, but was initially unable to get up and was taken to the medical tent.
Mayfield put his best game of the season off, passing for 218 yards and two touchdowns. He received a QB rating of 132.6, his best of the season.
Mayfield has played with a shoulder injury that included a fracture and tear in the labrum. He wears an orthotic on his non-throwing shoulder to help him overcome the injury that was a process.
“I would definitely say there is more comfort with that,” Mayfield said of the prop during the week. “As the weeks go on, hopefully things will get better every day with rehab and everything we do here. You’re more comfortable with that and you can just trust the guys on the field. “
After Mayfield was out, veteran Case Keenum stepped in and was sacked at his first two games of the game. Mayfield emerged from the medical tent and sat on the bench, but did not enter as the game seemed out of reach.
Mayfield was only 11 out of 21 for 73 yards with a touchdown and interception before exiting. Outside of the Browns’ first drive, which resulted in a touchdown, the offense the rest of the way was a near disaster.
While D’Ernest Johnson was strong, the absence of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt was felt as the Browns were unable to stay ahead of schedule on their rides.
“I think it really is any position you can look at and say that at some point in the season you will go in depth because that is the nature of the beast,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday the 14th November to reporters, “It’s the next-man-up mentality. The boys have proven that this season and last. We use whoever is available to us. “
Both Chubb and rookie Demetric Felton missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19. Hunt is still in the casualty reserve due to a calf injury.
The Browns defense had no answer for the Patriots and was split up by rookie quarterback Mac Jones. A big part of it was the team’s inability to apply pressure, with Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney largely kept in check.
Garrett had said he wanted to get his hands on Jones before the game.
“It could be a rookie receiver, a running back, a tight end, a quarterback, it doesn’t matter,” Garrett said this week. “I want to get my hands on him and show him that things are different on this level. I want to show him it’s all fun and games, but these guys out here are real, especially in Cleveland. “
The Browns will face the winless Lions next week but will need to get healthy to stay in the playoff race.