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Baker Mayfield status: Who will play in his place for the Browns in Week 18?

HC Kevin Stefanski confirmed the Browns QB will sit out in Week 18 and elect for shoulder surgery as soon as possible. We break down what the backup options are and who is likely to start in his place.

Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 03, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns announced QB Baker Mayfield will not play in Week 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals and is going to undergo shoulder surgery this offseason. The Browns were eliminated from NFL playoff contention last week and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football in Week 17. With nothing else to play for, the Browns want to get ahead on Mayfield’s recovery for next season. Let’s break down the options for the Browns at QB for the regular-season finale.

Who is Baker Mayfield’s backup?

Case Keenum is Mayfield’s backup as the No. 2 QB. Is he the one we’ll see rolled out there in Week 18? That’s yet to be confirmed. Keenum has been around the block a while now as a backup. The Browns could look at third-string QB Kyle Lauletta, who was a fourth-round pick by the Giants back in 2018. He’s only appeared in two games and likely doesn’t have any long-term upside. Still, it’s worth seeing what you have in him. Lauletta has only played in 2 games and attempted 5 passes in his career.