BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has however to toss a pass considering the fact that injuring his throwing hand in previous Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Area in Pittsburgh, but the next-12 months sign-caller is not nervous about his availability in Week 13.
Irrespective of not throwing in the portion of follow open up to the media Wednesday, Mayfield resolved the issue in the locker area afterward and permit it be acknowledged that he expects to get started this week when the Browns welcome an AFC North Division foe, the Cincinnati Bengals, to FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
“Mama did not elevate a wuss,” Mayfield said although admitting taking part in Sunday will be all about his pain tolerance.
“Just obtaining far better every working day. We’re at stroll-by tempo today other than the specific routes that you fellas saw, so no have to have to try out and do it nowadays.”
The Browns dodged very the bullet on an injury entrance with their beginning quarterback.
Following surrendering a 10-stage direct, the Browns tried to shift the ball in the remaining moment of the initial fifty percent, but that nearly proved to be a high-priced determination.
On a deep move endeavor down the correct side of the area, Mayfield hit the facemask of Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree on the observe-via of the toss and promptly started clutching at his proper hand/wrist area even though going for walks to the sideline.
“I’d say if Bud Dupree was there just a millisecond before, it could’ve been rather lousy, but I’m pretty fortunate,” Mayfield mentioned.
“From every little thing that they evaluated, it is just a great contusion, bruise, whichever you want to connect with it.”
Soon after hustling to Cleveland’s bench, Mayfield straight away manufactured the prolonged walk to the browsing locker home at Heinz Discipline with medical staff in tow and backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert replaced him for the remaining two snaps of the 50 percent.
In spite of the scare, Mayfield returned to engage in the entire 2nd fifty percent, albeit with a glove on his throwing hand.
For the activity, Mayfield finished 18 of his 32 throws for 196 yards with a single touchdown in opposition to a single interception and a missing fumble. In addition, Mayfield scrambled the moment for a two-garden get that gave the Browns a first down in the initial fifty percent.
“It just took some obtaining employed warming up,” Mayfield claimed. “I’ve thrown with a glove, but I’ve hardly ever played with a single, so it was a tiny various, but I got used to it. I considered I played fantastic.
“(I like a) usual grip to the place you truly feel the ball, come to feel the contact, come to feel the spin of it when you launch it.”
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield responses questions about his wounded hand in the course of a news conference immediately after an NFL football video game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers received 20-13. (AP Picture/Don Wright)
Mayfield mentioned he will “try to go” in Thursday’s observe, but even with a constrained about of time to perform with his receivers, the Browns’ No. 1 quarterback is assured the offense will be prepared to go by Sunday.
“If we communicate on the right depths and where we need to have to be, then we shouldn’t have a dilemma,” Mayfield stated. “It’s all about timing and recognizing that we have designed chemistry and I have to have to place the ball where by we talk about it and they want to have their depth and be there on time.”
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