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Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield injury worse than feared

Vincent Frank

Cleveland Browns star quarterback Baker Mayfield is out for Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos due to a torn labrum in his non-throwing arm.

Mayfield initially believed that he could play through the injury and ultimately undergo surgery after the season. Cleveland quashed that idea as the 3-3 team plays on a short week.

Ahead of Thursday’s game, FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer caught up with Mayfield. In the process, the quarterback seemed to break some more news. It’s not great for the Browns.

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Baker Mayfield injury update
Oct 17, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

“Breaking: Baker Mayfield tells me in addition to his torn labrum he also fractured his humerus bone (shoulder) according to a scan this week. Baker said the fracture is preventing his rotator cuff from firing,” Glazer reported.

The former No. 1 pick added that he needs “that fracture to heal for me to get back out there.”

This obviously isn’t good news for the young signal caller and his team. It remains to be seen how long Mayfield will be out. But this doesn’t seem to be a short-term injury.

In his stead, veteran journeyman Case Keenum is getting the start Week 7 for a Browns team that’s in the midst of a two-game losing streak and sits at a disappointing 3-3 on the campaign.

Mayfield, 26, is completing 67.1% of his passes for 1,474 yards with six touchdowns against three interceptions in six games this season.