Baker Mayfield “should be fine” after suffering a hand injury in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday.
The Browns quarterback was sidelined for the final two plays of the first half but returned for the second half after X-Rays on the hand were negative. He wore a glove on the hand during the game and a wrap afterward.
Both Mayfield and Kitchens were adamant the injury or glove had anything to do with the team’s offensive performance, which struggled after a strong start in Sunday’s 20-13 loss.
“I don’t think the glove had any impact on how he threw the ball,” Kitchens said.
Mayfield finished 18-of-32 for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception that ended the game. On the season, he’s completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,917 yards, 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Next week, he’ll be up against a Bengals team that collected its first win of the season Sunday in what would be his 25th career start. Mayfield already has the longest stretch of consecutive starts by a quarterback since the Browns’ return in 1999.
“I think Baker does a good job of compartmentalizing through pain and getting to the game healthy,” Kitchens said. “He’ll get his work done this week, he’ll be at practice. He doesn’t like to miss practice.”
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