Report: Browns don't fear Mayfield's shoulder injury is season-ending
The Cleveland Browns don't believe quarterback Baker Mayfield's shoulder injury is a season-ending issue or that it will require immediate surgery ahead of a second opinion from an MRI on Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Jake Trotter.
Mayfield dislocated his non-throwing shoulder after awkwardly landing on it during a strip-sack in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He was reportedly already playing through a torn labrum in the same shoulder.
While the signal-caller said he expects to play in Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos, his status is still undetermined, Trotter added.
Case Keenum would take over starting duties if the ailment forces Mayfield to miss time.
Keenum is one of the most experienced backups in the NFL, making 62 starts (and nine further appearances) during his 10-year career while throwing for 14,420 yards and 75 touchdowns against 47 interceptions.
Injuries are currently ravaging Cleveland's offense. Running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are both dealing with calf issues. The former missed Week 6 and won't play against the Broncos, while the latter is out for at least three weeks after the Browns placed him on injured reserve Monday.