Browns QB Baker Mayfield testing arm, harness in practice


BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Regardless of when Baker Mayfield plays again, and it could be Sunday, no one can question his toughness.

His sanity for trying to play with a torn labrum and fracture of his humerus in his left shoulder, possibly. But not toughness.

“He is mentally as tough as anyone I have been around,” offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said.

Mayfield was the only player in shoulder pads Thursday afternoon as he practiced for a second straight day with a special padded harness for his left shoulder.

“Obviously, it is up to the doctors and medical staff to determine whether he is ready to go or not,” Van Pelt said.

After the team finished stretching, Mayfield met briefly with a member of the equipment staff for a quick adjustment before throwing.

Van Pelt doesn’t expect the harness will impede Mayfield’s ability to throw.

“I do not think so,” Van Pelt said. “It did not stand out. There was nothing in practice that looked different. Obviously, just maybe it is a little stronger to keep it in place.”

While it remains to be seen if Mayfield will play against the Steelers Sunday, the arrow is pointing in that direction considering how well he threw the football Thursday during the portion of practice open to reporters.

Mayfield’s passes were crisp, on target and appeared to have the same velocity on them that we are accustomed to seeing while throwing to the skill position players. He appeared more comfortable moving around than he did on Wednesday while hitting targets with ease rolling to his left and right.

“He’s been fighting to get back, trying to do everything possible, literally, to get back and it was good to see him back out there on the practice field, moving around, throwing ball around and still taking it day by day,” receiver Jarvis Landry, who is dealing with a knee injury coming off a sprained MCL, said. “Obviously, it’s still an ongoing process of getting him feeling better, getting a lot of us feeling better but he’s handling it the right way, like a pro.”

In six games this season, Mayfield is completing 67.1% of his passes with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions but he has been sacked 18 times but his consecutive games started streak was snapped at 53 games, including playoffs last week against Denver.

Mayfield was inactive for last week’s 17-14 win over the Broncos after he dislocated his left shoulder against the Cardinals in the third quarter on October 17 when he was strip-sacked by J.J. Watt fracturing the humerus bone as well. He practiced two days later before it was determined he should not play.

“It sets an example in my opinion when you come out for the walkthrough in a sling and then you come out and you practice,” Van Pelt said. “He did everything he could to get ready for that game. I think that leaves an impression on everybody else. He is doing everything he can to be there for his teammates, and I think it is definitely infectious.”

Mayfield, who said Wednesday he is not considering a three-week stint on injured reserve, tore his left labrum September 19 in a 31-21 win over the Texans while making a tackle after he threw an interception.