CLEVELAND (WJW) — After Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski recently announced quarterback Baker Mayfield would not be playing in the final game of the season, backup Case Keenum candidly spoke with media Wednesday morning.
“Unfortunate the way the season went, nobody wanted this,” Keenum admitted. “It’s tough, this is a tough league. That’s kind of the way it goes sometimes.”
When asked about Mayfield, whom Stefanski said was not injured more during Monday’s game, despite nine sacks, Keenum called his teammate “tough” but that it was rough watching all of the injuries he endured this season.
“There were some weeks when getting him to the field was a small miracle,” Keenum said, but would not elaborate on if he thought there were times Mayfield should have sat out.
The only other player ruled out for this week is linebacker Sione Takitaki, Stefanski said Wednesday. All other questionables, such as Denzel Ward and Nick Chubb, may still play.
The 7-9 Browns play the Cincinnati Bengals, who recently clinched the AFC North, at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Bengals also announced Wednesday their starting quarterback Joe Burrow is not playing this weekend, meaning it’s the battle of the backups.
“We expect to win,” Stefanski said of Sunday’s game. “Our full expectation is to go out there and play well.”