FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP/WJW) — A right knee injury to Baker Mayfield left the Cleveland Browns (5-5) with no hope of beating the New England Patriots (6-4), who went on to win 45-7.
Their hopes for the rest of the season took a big blow, too. The departure of the Browns quarterback was a demoralizing way to complete a week in which former Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. signed with the Los Angeles Rams. The Browns also lost running back Nick Chubb to a positive COVID-19 test.
The Browns were coming off a win over Cincinnati. But they fell behind 31-7 with Mayfield in the game, and then completely collapsed after he left.
Following the game, Mayfield admitted to reporters he’s pretty beat up, but said his knee had no structural damage according to an x-ray. Injuries aside, Mayfield made clear he was not satisfied with how his team played the game.
“We talked about a certain standard that you set for yourself and you have to live up to it every day and when you’re sitting here at 5-5, obviously something’s wrong,” Mayfield said. “Got to figure it out and get it fixed.”
As Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said, the day boiled down to being “out coached and out played.”
As far as other injuries are concerned, CB Troy Hill was wheeled off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury with 4:13 left in the fourth quarter after being hurt on Jakobi Meyers’ TD catch. The team said he had movement in his extremities and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. WR Anthony Schwartz and CB A.J. Green both sustained concussions in the third quarter and didn’t return.
The Browns play the Detroit Lions next Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.