Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is done for the 2021 season with a shoulder injury, according to the latest reports.
Baker Mayfield’s shoulder has troubled him all season long, but the latest update on his injury sufficiently seals his playing fate for the season.
According to Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, Mayfield will be out on Sunday, meaning that his season is over.
Baker Mayfield ends 2021 season with shoulder injury
While the Browns entered 2021 coming off their most successful seasons in decades, Cleveland has endured considerable struggles as it fought to remain competitive in the AFC North.
The Browns, Bengals and Ravens kept it close throughout the regular season, but the Steelers and Ravens narrowly edged ahead of the Browns to keep them out of the AFC playoffs. The Browns are currently 7-9, and without Mayfield in Week 18, are likely to go 7-10.
A multitude of issues have made this a tough year for the Browns, especially for Mayfield. In December, Mayfield revealed that there have been “a lot of internal things” that have made this season difficult, which are speculated to go beyond Mayfield’s injuries.
In addition to injuring his shoulder and receiving a COVID-19 diagnosis, Mayfield also dealt with Odell Beckham Jr.’s dramatic departure, which helped to create “drama in the building” that was difficult to ignore.
While Mayfield was adamant the team has moved on from those challenges, those distractions, as well as his enduring injuries and ailments, made it virtually for the Browns to succeed this year.
Mayfield’s season ends the way much of it was spent: on the sideline nursing his wounded shoulder. Ideally, Mayfield can take the upcoming offseason to recover so that he and his team can adequately compete in the competitive AFC North next year.