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Baker Mayfield vows he'll play Sunday because 'mama didn't raise a wuss'

Baker Mayfield hasn't thrown a pass since last week's loss to the Steelers, but he's not concerned about his status for Sunday's game against the Bengals.


Well, the Browns quarterback had a pretty succinct reason.

"Momma didn't raise a wuss," Mayfield said.

Mayfield was one of 17 players listed on the Browns injury report for the team's first practice since a physical game in Pittsburgh. Mayfield was with his teammates and plenty involved during Wednesday's indoor session. He just wasn't throwing on this day.

That's obviously not how he prefers his Wednesday practices to go, but Mayfield stressed it shouldn't be too much of a hindrance as Cleveland prepares for its game against a rejuvenated Bengals team that picked up its first win of the season last week.

"If we communicate on the right depths and where we need to be, then we should not have a problem," Mayfield said. "It is all about timing and knowing that we have built chemistry and I need to put the ball where we talk about it and they need to have their depth and be there on time."

Check out photos of the Browns preparing for their game against the Bengals Sunday by team photographer Matt Starkey

Mayfield said the diagnosis of his hand injury was "just a nice contusion, bruise, whatever you want to call it." When he watched a replay of the injury, which occurred after he launched a deep pass to Odell Beckham Jr. and his hand banged off Steelers LB Bud Dupree's facemask, Mayfield felt fortunate it wasn't any worse.

"If Bud Dupree was there just a millisecond earlier, it could have been pretty bad," Mayfield said.

Mayfield, though, didn't miss a snap in the second half, playing the final two quarters with a glove on his throwing hand. It's not what he prefers, but it's not new, either. 

"I have thrown with a glove, but I have not played with one so it was a little different," he said, "but I got used to it and I thought I played fine."

Mayfield has had a handful of bumps and bruises but hasn't dealt with anything significant enough to keep him off the field since he was named the team's starting quarterback Week 4 of last season. Sunday would mark his 25th consecutive start -- the longest streak by any Browns signal-caller since the team returned in 1999.

Some additional pain and a change to his weekly routine likely won't be enough to derail it.

"I know he is going to do everything he can to be on the field, and I do not think that there is going to be a disadvantage," left guard Joel Bitonio said. "I do not think it is going to be a weather game or anything this weekend. I think it is going to be 50 degrees. We are going to be ready to roll with him."