Kevin Stefanski says Baker Mayfield not as sore as he was a week ago, likely to play against Bengals

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield will be back under center in Cincinnati next Sunday according to Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Mayfield was pulled late in the third quarter of Sunday’s 38-7 loss at Pittsburgh with the Browns trailing by 24 and him under siege as a means of protecting him from the beating he and the Browns were taking from the Steelers.

“Baker is sore but nowhere near as sore as he was last Monday, so that's a positive thing,” Stefanski said.

It is expected that Mayfield won’t be as limited in practice this week as he was last week which should enable him to prepare more for the Bengals.

Mayfield, who completed 10 of 18 passes for 119 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions at Heinz Field, was sacked four times and the Steelers were credited with registering seven quarterback hits.

His first pass of the afternoon in Pittsburgh was picked off by Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and returned 33 yards for a touchdown and 10-0 lead.

Stefanski declined to specify the severity of Mayfield’s rib/chest injury or if he had additional X-rays and what the results of those might have been.

Stefanski acknowledged it is fair to question the decision to play Mayfield Sunday.

“He was cleared,” Stefanski said. “He was obviously sore throughout the week but got better. It was incumbent upon myself and how we performed to keep him clean, and we didn't do that. He answered the bell last week just in terms of how he went through rehab and fought his butt off to get out there with his teammates on Sunday.”