Case Keenum to start for Browns Thursday night against Broncos

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Case Keenum will start Thursday night’s game for the Browns against the Broncos the team announced Wednesday.

The decision comes after starter Baker Mayfield suffered a dislocated left shoulder in Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Cardinals. Mayfield said after the game the shoulder popped out again on a non-contact play.

Mayfield was limited at practice Tuesday, skipping the individual portion to receive extra treatment before coming out to throw as the open portion closed to reporters.

“Case Keenum will be our starter tomorrow night and we have full confidence in him to lead us and do the things necessary to put us in position to win,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “Baker fought really hard to play, he’s a competitor and obviously wants to be out there but just couldn’t make it on a short week. We know he will continue to do everything in his power to return as quickly as possible.”

Prior to Tuesday’s practice Mayfield revealed that he suffered a complete tear of his left labrum and other damage to the shoulder while trying to make a tackle following an interception in a Week 2 win over the Texans.

The Browns signed Keenum to back up Mayfield in 2020 following one season with Washington where he started eight games and threw for 1,707 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Keenum's best season came with Stefanski, who was the Vikings quarterbacks coach at the time, in 2017 with Minnesota. He started 14 games and helped the Vikings win the NFC North by completing a career-best 67 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

Keenum  started all 16 games for the Broncos in 2018 where he completed62 percent of his passes for a career-high 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Over the last two seasons Keenum has appeared in four games for the Browns and completed 6 of 13 passes for 52 yards. During the 2021 preseason, he completed 33 of 48 passes for 298 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Mayfield had started 53 consecutive games, including the playoffs, for the Browns, the longest streak since Brian Sipe started 71, including playoffs, from 1978-82.