The injuries continue to pile up for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who added another illness to his already long list on Wednesday.
Mayfield had one Groin problem added on the latest injury report along with his foot and shoulder problems. The fourth year QB had the knee injury he was dealing with removed from the report. That being said, Mayfield didn’t train on Wednesday and joined a bevy of other Browns players in street clothes.
Speaking to the media, Mayfield explained how the lower body injuries affected his throwing motion and admitted that he changed his mechanics.
“Yeah, especially for me – kind of an unorthodox throwing motion when it comes to my lower body and how intense it is,” Mayfield said. “Your lower body is so important in your throwing motion, so it was definitely another problem to overcome, but shoulder things are sort of the new normal and I don’t worry about that anymore. I’m still trying to protect as much as possible. As I told you, there are games that you can play with my feet and I was kind of frustrated. “
Brown’s head coach Kevin Stefanski – also the team’s offensive game caller – isn’t worried about Mayfield being restricted with his legs.
“I thought he played some nice games with his feet there. Surely that adds an element to any attack game. When looking at some of the big rush attacks in the league, there are often quarterbacks that are a big focus. Any way you can win those yards is a big deal. “
Mayfield plays injured, which is admirable – to some extent. In inclement weather he didn’t look good against the Lions and threw two interceptions, which led to some boos from the home fans. He then stormed off the field without celebrating the 13:10 victory and failed to meet his mandatory media obligations.
“I’d be the first to tell you I played like this [expletive]. It’s not about [accountability], and I don’t owe you any of it, ”Mayfield said on the Monday after the game. “I owe that to my team-mates and I’ve spoken to them, that’s why it’s important.”
Mayfield was 15 out of 29 for 176 yards, his lowest rating of the season at 53.2. He also missed a few easy throws, which he believed was due in part to his multiple injuries and the weather.
“There’s a lot between the weather and that, but it’s not something I’m going to say, ‘Hey, that’s why.’ I did a lot of litters yesterday and I didn’t do a lot of litters yesterday. There is give and take, but I expect to be better. I’ve always been like that. “
What will help Mayfield is the Browns’ run-game is back to full strength with the return of Kareem Hunt, who has missed the last five games on injured reserve with a calf injury. He was officially scheduled to return on Thursday with Jack Conklin on the offensive.
Hunt appeared in the first six games of the season, recording 361 rushing yards with five rushing touchdowns. He added 20 receptions for 161 yards. He was placed in the injured reserve on October 19 with a calf injury.
“It’s always a mindset. I feel like I have a really strong mindset no matter what. I don’t think that should really be a problem, “Hunt told reporters on Thursday.
Hunt will join forces with buddy Nick Chubb in the back room. Chubb notched 130 yards on 22 carries last week.