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Cleveland Browns betting on banged-up Baker Mayfield to turn his — and their — season around

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Coming off last year’s breakthrough season, Mayfield appeared bound to receive a lucrative extension offer from the Browns.

Coach Kevin Stefanski has made it clear he won’t be going to backup quarterback Case Keenum, if only to give Mayfield time to heal. While Stefanski admitted that Mayfield was “battling” through his injuries – a torn labrum to his non-throwing shoulder, a right knee contusion and left foot soreness, which rendered Mayfield unable to walk without a limp during the second half against the Lions – he pushed back on the notion that they were hampering his performance in any significant way.

“If he’s limited and can’t play up to his potential, those are things that we’ll discuss,” said Stefanski, who attributed Mayfield’s accuracy decline to “a combination of things.

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