Baker Mayfield on playing through hand injury: ‘Mama didn’t raise a wuss’
Baker Mayfield suffered a bruise to his right throwing hand in Week 13’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Cleveland Browns quarterback clearly does not intend to miss any time with the injury.
Mayfield did not take part in any passing drills during Wednesday’s practice session that was open to the media, although he did hand off once.
After practice, Mayfield delivered a line that left little doubt about his intentions to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield hasn’t thrown since Pittsburgh but confident he’ll play vs. #Bengals: “Mama didn’t raise a wuss” https://t.co/d8jSOcoKvM— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) December 4, 2019
“Mama didn’t raise a wuss,” Mayfield quipped while wearing a heavy wrap around the bottom of his right hand and thumb that left his fingers exposed.
The second-year quarterback intends to test things out Thursday despite being limited on Wednesday.
“Just getting better each day,” Mayfield said, via Scott Petrak of Browns Zone. “We were walkthrough tempo today besides the individual routes that you guys saw. So no need to try and do it today.
“I’ll try and go tomorrow for sure.”
Mayfield suffered the injury late in the first half of the Browns’ crushing 20-13 defeat to the Steelers, a setback that all but dooms the 5-7 team’s playoff prospects. It occurred when his throwing hand made contact with the face mask of Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree.
X-rays taken at the stadium were negative, and Mayfield on Wednesday deemed the injury a “nice bruise” where pain tolerance is the only obstacle.
It has been an extremely disappointing season for the Browns, as the team entered the 2019 campaign with lofty goals. Odds are Cleveland won’t reach any of them, but it seems like Mayfield, who has struggled this season, is still willing to give it his all for the team.