AFC Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger


  • According to’s Mary Kay Cabot, the team doesn’t believe Browns QB Baker Mayfield‘s left shoulder injury is affecting his throwing accuracy. She confirms Mayfield has a torn labrum but sources tell her that the tear is not affecting his arm strength or mechanics on his right side. 
  • Mayfield has missed on a few passes, specifically to WR Odell Beckham, the past couple of weeks and was really off in Week 4 against the Vikings. While one source said it’s possible the left shoulder injury could be impacting his mechanics, the prevailing opinion Cabot gathered is that it’s not the issue. 
  • Beckham said he’s played through a torn labrum since his college days and that he’s never required surgery despite his shoulder occasionally popping out: “That shit hurts.” (Scott Petrak)
  • Browns LT Jedrick Wills Jr. is day-to-day with his ankle injury that’s not as serious as the team initially feared it could be. (Cabot)
  • Browns DC Joe Woods expects cornerbacks Denzel Ward (neck) and Troy Hill (toe) to play in Week 5. (Petrak)
  • Browns OC Alex Van Pelt is confident Mayfield will be able to play through his partially torn labrum to his non-throwing shoulder: “I haven’t seen it affect him out here in practice… so it shouldn’t carry over to the game.” (Jake Trotter)


Ravens QB Lamar Jackson missed a couple of practices last week with a back injury that raised some eyebrows around the league. However, he says they were purely precautionary. He’s back to practicing this week and shrugged off the idea of a flak jacket or something to protect his back. 

“I feel like if I put on extra pads and stuff like that, I’ll be looking like a transformer,” he said via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I don’t want to be slowed down. But I just feel we should be protecting all QBs in the league, not just myself.”


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he believes he can improve upon his rough start.

“I know that I can play better football,” Roethlisberger said, via Joe Rutter. “I believe in myself. I know that no matter what is going on, I’m going to fight my butt off to get a win. If that is the way I need to lead right now by showing these guys I’m going to do everything I can to win a football game, then I’ll keep doing that.” 

  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter says despite his poor play, the Steelers aren’t considering a quarterback change: “They are never going to bench Ben Roethlisberger. It’s never going to get to that.”
  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler adds he got a “heck no” when he poked around with his sources about the possibility of Pittsburgh benching Roethlisberger. 
  • Steelers OC Matt Canada claimed responsibility for their failed fourth-down conversion in Week 4 on a play to WR JuJu Smith-Schuster: “To be honest, all our plays have answers in zone and man. The play didn’t work. It’s my fault. Every play we have has a zone beater and a man beater, but that play didn’t work so it’s my fault and that’s it.” (Brooke Pryor)
  • Steelers OT Zach Banner (knee) said he suffered a “setback” late in the preseason but was not allowed to elaborate on the issue. (Mark Kaboly)

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