It appears that there was something more to the poor performance that Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield delivered against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4 than just a bad day at work. According to the NFL Network, Mayfield has a partially torn labrum in his non-throwing left shoulder and has been playing through the injury for the past two weeks.
Mayfield got hurt in a 31-21 win over the Houston Texans while trying to make a tackle after he was intercepted. The 26-year-old star reportedly won’t need surgery at the moment and hasn’t missed any practice.
While the Browns managed to get a 14-7 win over the Vikings, Mayfield had one of his worst outings in recent memory. He completed just 45.5 percent of his passes while throwing for just 155 yards and no touchdowns.
So far in the season, Mayfield has only two passing touchdowns that rank him 30th in the league among starting quarterbacks. His 935 passing yards are enough for the 22nd spot while he ranks 26th in QBR.
Cleveland managed to overcome Mayfield’s poor performances so far, but he will have to significantly improve his game if the team wants to stay competitive in the AFC North. The Browns currently share a 3-1 record with the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals and have a tough stretch ahead of them that includes a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers and a home game against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.