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Baker Mayfield taken off injury report, will start Week 8 vs. Steelers

We break down the news that Baker Mayfield is dealing with a shoulder injury, and what it means for Week 8.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to make a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff Lange / USA TODAY NETWORK

Friday update: Baker Mayfield has been taken off the injury report and will start against the Steelers despite a broken femur bone and torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Thursday update: Mayfield was able to practice once again on Thursday, per Scott Petrak. He appears to still be on track to play against the Steelers despite a broken femur bone and torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

Wednesday PM update: Coach Kevin Stefanski says that Mayfield will get the bulk of the first team reps, per Mary Kay Cabot. Case Keenum will also get some first-team reps as well, but all signs point toward Mayfield playing as long as he can continue to practice.

Wednesday update: Baker Mayfield says that he will practice on Wednesday, per Daryl Ruiter. He will prepare to play, but says he will not play through the injury if he believes it will hinder his performance.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is not practicing today as the team prepares to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8, per Nate Ulrich. Mayfield did not play in Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos due to a shoulder injury.

Fantasy football implications

The Browns’ offense did not skip a beat without the likes of Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt. Cleveland decided to go with backup quarterback Case Keenum, who did a solid job in place of Mayfield. Keenum, who was making his first start since the 2019 season, completed 21-of-33 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown.

Cleveland is likely hoping that Mayfield will practice sometime this week, but it’s tough as he’s dealing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. If Keenum has to play again, he should be able to thrive against a Steelers’ defense that has been average this season. Pittsburgh is allowing 18.7 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.