Browns to Start QB Case Keenum

The Cleveland Browns announced today that QB Case Keenum will start against the Denver Broncos Thursday night in place of an injured Baker Mayfield. According to the Browns official injury report, Mayfield did not participate in practice at all on Monday and was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday. 

Mayfield, the former first overall pick aggravated an injury to his non-throwing shoulder in the Browns' 37-14 loss last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals when he was tackled by DE J.J. Watt. The initial injury was sustained in the Browns' Week 2 win over the Giants and was disclosed as a labrum tear.  

The absence of Mayfield tomorrow night will break a streak of 51 consecutive starts by the young QB. Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski said "Baker fought really hard to play, he's a competitor and obviously wants to be out there but just couldn't make it on a short week. We know he will continue to do everything in his power to return as quickly as possible." 

The last time Keenum played significant time as a starter was with the Washington Football Team when he made 8 starts in 2019 and recorded a 91.3 passer rating; he completed 64.78 percent of his throws that year with 12 touchdowns to his credit. In 2017, Stefanski was Keenum's QB Coach when they were both with the Vikings, so here is to a chance of them being able to rekindle that magic tomorrow night on primetime television. 

The Browns will also be handicapped with the loss of their top two running backs in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, with Hunt being placed on IR and now set to miss at least the next 3 games. Do you think the Browns can find a win Thursday night?

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