Tackle nearly costs Mayfield, Browns coaches urge caution

Local Sports
Countdown to Halloween
October 31 2021 11:59 pm

BEREA, Ohio (AP)After surviving a scary situation in Sunday’s win, Baker Mayfield delivered a positive medical update on his sore left shoulder.

”Attached, still,” the Browns quarterback joked.

It’s safe to laugh about now, but Mayfield risked personal safety – and even Cleveland’s season – when he tried to tackle Houston safety Justin Reid after throwing an interception in the first half of the Browns’ 31-21 home-opening victory.

In his attempt to stop a charging Reid near midfield, Mayfield got his non-throwing arm bent back and his shoulder popped out.

For a moment, Cleveland’s crowd quieted as Mayfield first struggled to get up and then jogged to the locker room for treatment. Fortunately for the Browns (1-1), he didn’t miss any plays and returned to lead them to their first win, albeit in unconvincing fashion.

However, the bigger issue is that Mayfield can’t be so brazen.

There’s never been any doubt about the QB’s toughness. After getting his shoulder put back in its socket, Mayfield ran for a TD and executed a nice block on a reverse, taking out Texans cornerback and former teammate Terrance Mitchell with one hand.

But he’s got to be much smarter in those situations, or he’ll pay.

”That was kind of an awkward play,” coach Kevin Stefanski said. ”I think their defender looked to single him out, which listen, he’s trying to get him on the ground so you become defenseless in that moment.”

Mayfield said Stefanski and Cleveland’s other coaches have advised him to curtail his risky behavior.

”I think on the interception it’s more so just be careful on how it’s going,” he said. ”There’s definitely plays where a defense is going to try to knock you out of the game, that’s just the nature of the game. Just be careful.”

Browns linebacker Malcolm Smith was asked if he had any tackling tips for Mayfield.

”Yeah,” he said. ”Stay away. Don’t do it.”

Smith appreciates Mayfield’s willingness to put his body on the line for the team, but not at the expense of it costing him games or worse.

”He wants to get the guy down and I respect that because you’ve seen otherwise where guys just let him score and that sucks, so I definitely appreciate it,” Smith said. ”We’ll definitely have to work on the technique a little. I’m glad it wasn’t his throwing arm.”

Mayfield wasn’t the only NFL quarterback hurt last week. Houston’s Tyrod Taylor didn’t return in the second half because of a hamstring injury, and Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa (ribs), Chicago’s Andy Dalton (knee) and Indianapolis’ Carson Wentz (ankles) all went down.

Mayfield got lucky, and he’s promised to adjust his game accordingly.

”There’s definitely plays when I could slide,” he said. ”Now when it comes to having to get a first down and all that, I’m not going to change the way I play, because my mentality is always whatever I can do to help a team win.”

As for his aching shoulder, Mayfield said it shouldn’t affect his play. He’s also flying in his personal physiotherapist with a familiar, famous name to help him get ready for the Bears.

”His name’s actually Dave Matthews, not the band,” Mayfield said. ”He’s a big reason why I’ve been able to survive for the last three years.”

It might be time he helped himself.

NOTES: Browns starting C JC Tretter wasn’t supposed to practice but did some drills during the portion open to reporters. … Just before the workout, the Bears announced rookie QB Justin Fields will make his first start Sunday in Cleveland. Browns CB Greg Newsome II faced Fields in college. ”He’s a beast,” Newsome said. ”He’s electric as well.” … Starting LT Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle), T Chris Hubbard (triceps) and LB Sione Takitaki (hamstring) were held out.

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sports Video

More Sports Videos


More Video

Pet Photo Contest




Barnesville High School

Beallsville High School

Beaver Local High School

Bellaire High School

Bridgeport High School

Brooke High School

Buckeye Local High School

Buckeye Trail High School

Caldwell High School

Cambridge High School

Cameron High School

Clay-Battelle High School

Conotton Valley High School

East Liverpool High School

Edison High School

Fort Frye High School

Harrison Central High School

Hundred High School

Indian Creek High School

John Marshall High School

Linsly High School

Magnolia High School

Martins Ferry High School

Meadowbrook High School

Monroe Central High School

Morgantown High School

Oak Glen High School

Paden City High School

Parkersburg High School

Parkersburg Catholic High School

Parkersburg South High School

River High School

St. Clairsville High School

Shadyside High School

Shenandoah High School

Steubenville High School

Steubenville Catholic Central High School

Toronto High School

Tyler Consolidated High School

Union Local High School

University High School

Valley High School

Weir High School

Weirton Madonna High School

Wellsville High School

Wheeling Central High School

Wheeling Park High School

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

More Top News

WTRF 7News Twitter

12SportsZone Twitter