Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has been dealing with some serious injuries as of late. The 26-year-old gunslinger has been dealing with a torn labrum and shoulder fracture, which kept him out of Cleveland's Week 7 matchup. While he practiced throughout the week (albeit, in a limited fashion), some wondered if he would suit up in Week 8.
The good news is that the Browns received a fantastic injury update regarding their No. 1 QB. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Mayfield was cleared last night and is expected to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Baker Mayfield Injury Update
If that news wasn't encouraging enough, Rapoport added that Mayfield now has a "full range of motion in his shoulder" and that the "fracture is healing." This comes a week after Rapoport also reported that the QB will most likely need to undergo offseason surgery to fix his torn labrum.
Mayfield has started six games for Cleveland in the 2021 NFL season, completing a career-high 67.1% of his passes for 1,474 yards and 6 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. His 245.7 yards per game is also the highest it's been since his rookie season (266.1) three years ago.
All four AFC North teams being with a few games of each other, so Mayfield's return couldn't have come at a better time — especially with the 3-3 Steelers closing in on the 4-3 Browns.
With their quarterback likely back in the lineup, the Browns are currently 3.5-point favorites over the Steelers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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