3. Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield doesn’t have to play
The quality of sports debate shows have shown their quality, or lack-there-of this week, with talking heads yelling about whether the Cleveland Browns should play Baker Mayfield if he isn’t healthy.
Huh? I’m referring to whatever show the four-letter network broadcasts in the morning. I stopped watching years ago, but happened to catch the “highlights” on the ESPN app.
It sounds like Mayfield has a broken bone near his shoulder, which was reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. During that same report, Glazer, who talked directly to Baker, indicated that the fracture would need to heel before Mayfield could get back.
Drinking all the milk in the world won’t heal that break in 10 days, though, so it’s not going to see Mayfield in street clothes again on Sunday, and that’s OK.
No, Case Keenum doesn’t have the same arm strength as Mayfield, but I thought he was fine against Denver.
He did a lot of the things with the offense that Mayfield’s had success doing, meaning the effectiveness of D’Ernest Johnson left open the misdirection and play-action fakes that Kevin Stefanski’s offense demands.
Keenum hit the tight ends for some chunk plays. Jarvis Landry was also a key contributor.
Ideally, Mayfield would be in there, but you don’t need a medical degree to know he should sit at least one more game out.