Baker Mayfield jogged to the locker room early in the third quarter but he in no way considered the possibility of it being a one-way trip.
Mayfield returned in time for the Browns’ ensuing possession, and he never missed a play despite dealing with a hip injury in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks.
“There was no conversation,” Mayfield said. “It was not even a thought.”
Mayfield said he suffered the injury on a third-down scramble in Sunday’s first half. He also took a bit of a hit and tumble on an 8-yard run on the series that preceded his trip to the locker room.
Mayfield was noticeably in pain at times throughout a second half that saw the Browns lose a lead and get it back before ultimately falling, 32-28.
“Baker is a tough individual,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said. “He is a tough quarterback mentally and physically. He will be fine.”
Mayfield acknowledged the pain in his hip affected his play at times, but stressed “that is not an excuse.”
“It hurts,” he said, “but it’s a physical game of football.”
The loss hurt so much worse for Mayfield, who started out hot like the rest of the Browns’ offense but struggled during the final three quarters.
After throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Seals-Jones to begin the second quarter, Mayfield threw three interceptions and saw a completion fumbled away on another series. The Browns scored just once on their final nine possessions after beginning the game with three consecutive touchdowns.
After sitting at 8-of-10 for 102 yards with his first career rushing touchdown and another touchdown through the air after the first three series, Mayfield finished 22-of-37 for 249 yards and the three interceptions.
“Any loss hurts. Losing at home sucks,” Mayfield said. “We have played three games here and lost three of them. It hurts, especially when it was a game that we really felt like we needed.
“I think we have played better at times than 2-4, but the fact is we are 2-4. There is no getting around it. There is no way of hiding it. That is what we have to learn from to get better.”
Through six games, Mayfield is 112-of-198 (56.6 completion percentage) for 1,496 yards, five touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Even as he was grimacing at both the pain in his hip and the pain from Sunday’s stinging loss, Mayfield remained upbeat about the offense’s immediate future.
“The great teams learn from their mistakes,” Mayfield said. “They learn from games like these. The certain plays that you can look back on and say, ‘This would have made the difference.’ You learn from it and you move forward. This hurts, but the good teams learn from it. Down the road, our plan is that it is going to be better for us in the long run and that is how we have to look at it.”