BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield won’t allow a torn labrum and fracture of the top of the humerus bone in his left shoulder to sideline him for an extended period of time.
Mayfield does not want to go on injured reserve to allow the injury to heal, instead he plans to risk it and play this weekend against T.J.
Watt and the Steelers.
“I’m not looking at that,” Mayfield said Wednesday when asked if IR was a consideration.
“I’m looking at taking it day-by-day. I think you guys know how I am, I want to be out there playing and like I said last week, if it’s a situation where I’d hurt the team if I was out there playing, I’m not going to do it.”
That also means Mayfield doesn’t plan to shut it down for the season.
“No, people talk on the outside [but] they don’t know how I feel nor do they decide if I can go or not,” Mayfield said.
Mayfield’s consecutive starts streak dating back to Week 4 of the 2018 season was snapped at 53 games, including playoffs, last week when he was inactive for the 17-14 win over the Broncos.
“For me, it was pretty important because looking at all of the dysfunction I had to overcome to be able to start the whole time and be able to stay healthy,” Mayfield said. “That was important to me but that’s an individual thing and it’s more about winning.”
Mayfield said it was just the third game he’d missed “in my entire life. I’m not about missing practice or playing time.”
Mayfield confirmed that he was advised not to play last week but he wanted and thought he would be able to until he practiced last Tuesday where it was determined he would need to rest.
“I am not exactly a doctor. I do not know how long it takes for those things to heal, but it was mostly about the inflammation so I can get that range of motion and that strength back,” Mayfield said. “That is where we are, and that is what we are continuing to evaluate.”