BREAKING: Baker Mayfield Out Of Action After Shoulder Injury Problem Persists; Case Keenum To Start For Cleveland Browns

Published 10/20/2021, 11:53 AM EDT
Aug 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


After nursing a shoulder injury for a good part of a month, Baker Mayfield will finally rest ahead of week seven. The Cleveland Browns’ quarterback has a completely torn left labrum, which affects his gameplay severely. Stepping into his shoes with Case Keenum, Cleveland’s #2 QB.

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The upcoming fixture against Denver Broncos represents a shift for Cleveland Browns. Baker Mayfield has been their heart and soul, but recent performances suggest he’s not at his best. Until reports of a shoulder injury surfaced, many expected Mayfield’s time at Cleveland to have ended.

The Browns have picked up three wins out of six games. In each of them, Baker Mayfield played a pivotal role. Cleveland leads the league in the most collective rushing yards, and it is that offensive line led by Mayfield that got them there. Against Arizona Cardinals, Mayfield did not have his best game, but still managed to throw what was easily the best touchdown of the week.

While he put his 100%, it only caused his shoulder to separate further. A torn labrum occurs when the cartilage holding the ball joint together rips, causing not only agonizing pain but even surgery. For weeks, Mayfield has set aside the injury, but his bravado might’ve cost his team a few crucial games.

With Case Keenum stepping in his shoes, Cleveland Browns are trusting one of the NFL’s hidden secrets. A successful collegiate career could not translate into a successful NFL career for the journeyman. But can he step up and deliver for his sixth franchise in the NFL?

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Oct 10, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos had a superb start to the season, putting on stellar performances against the Jaguars, New York Jets and the Giants. However, three consecutive losses to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas have left them in the doldrums of their division. They currently stand third in the AFC West.

While they may lead Kansas City Chiefs; a big feat for the Broncos; a loss to the Browns could spell catastrophe for their season. With Baker Mayfield out, they must capitalise on the situation. As for the Browns, Baker isn’t the only star player they are missing.

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Running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are also out with injuries. This means the Browns offensive line is ripe for the picking, and Denver’s defense will lick their lips ahead of this game. So, who shall emerge victorious in this do or die fixture?

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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