CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski says the team plans to start quarterback Baker Mayfield in Sunday’s primetime game in Baltimore.
The Browns won Sunday 13-10 against the winless Lions.
Mayfield was seen limping on the field and has been playing through multiple injuries.
In Monday’s press conference, Stefanski said he did not consider pulling Mayfield in Sunday’s game and said if Baker is cleared to play, he will.
“If he’s ready to go, yes, he’ll start,” Stefanski said.
Baker also says he expects to play Sunday.
Baker Mayfield did not talk to the media after the game, nor was he on the field shaking hands with players from the Browns and Lions.
He made it clear in Monday’s press conference, he didn’t believe he owed anyone an explanation about it who wasn’t a member of the Cleveland Browns.
Baker said he talked to his teammates after the game.
“I decided it was best to wait,” Baker said about the press conference. He said he was frustrated and wanted to take a little more time.
“I’m frustrated with how I played,” Mayfield shared.
“He’s ready to play and ready to help the team win,” Stefanski said.
“Decision-making was great. It was a lack of execution,” Mayfield said.
Stefanski and Baker both said they did not believe the quarterback’s performance issues were related to the injuries.
“We’ll never do anything that’s not in the best interest of the team,” Stefanski said about Baker.
Stefanski shared that RB Kareem Hunt and OT Jack Conklin are expected to practice this week.
He said both might be ready to go Sunday.
Conklin dislocated his elbow in the game against the Steelers on Oct. 31.
Hunt suffered a serious calf injury on Oct. 17 against Arizona.
The Browns are heading into a tough stretch in the season.
They play at Baltimore in primetime Sunday. Following that, they have a bye week, and then host the Ravens at home.
Cleveland is last place in the AFC North at 6-5.
It’s a close division, with the Baltimore Ravens at the top of the leaderboard with 7-3.
- Kareem Hunt, Jack Conklin should return to practice this week
- Stefanski hopes both will be well enough to play Sunday
- “Definitely not 100%,” Coach Stefanski says about Baker Mayfield
- “Why is he out there (Baker) if he’s having this much pain?” reporter asks Stefanski
- Stefanski says they defer to the medical staff
- “He’s ready to play and ready to help the team win,” Stefanski said.
- “We’ll never do anything that’s not in the best interest of the team,” Stefanski said about Baker.
- “If he’s ready to go, yes, he’ll start,” Stefanski said about Mayfield.
- Stefanski would not say if Mayfield’s injuries are what is causing errors on the field.
- Stefanski said the team needs to play better all around.
- Asked about his play-calling, Stefanski says they look “long and hard at that” as an organization and that it’s a “combination of things.”
- Stefanski said he did not consider pulling Mayfield in game against Detroit
- Baker said he “decided it was best to wait” in talking about his frustrations after the game
- Baker said he didn’t owe the media an explanation and he talked to his teammates after the game
- “Decision-making was great. It was a lack of execution,” Mayfield said.
- “I didn’t” (play at a high level) Mayfield said of Sunday’s game.
- Mayfield said he was working through injuries but did not blame them for his performance
- Baker said he and Stefanski are on the same page.
- “Don’t really care,” Baker said about fans booing him during the game.
- “I gotta handle business this week,” Baker said.