The road to recovery for Baker Mayfield begins.
The Browns quarterback took to social media in a sling Wednesday to announce the successful surgery performed to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.
“The surgery went very well,” Mayfield said with his left shoulder in a sling. “It was all a success. He had a great medical team. They took very good care of me.”
Thanks to Dr. Limpisvasti and his team for performing a successful surgery. This is just going to be a little bump in the road…excited to be healthy and back to my normal self. Thank you all and God Bless you. pic.twitter.com/cRVdkB6t9d
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 19, 2022
The surgery was performed in California by Dr. Orr Limpisvasti, an orthopedic surgeon for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.
How long will Baker Mayfield be out?
The likely time frame for Mayfield’s recovery is four to six months. He will begin physical therapy on his shoulder next week and is expected to throw a ball in April. Mayfield is expected to be cleared by training camp.
When was Mayfield injured?
Mayfield suffered the shoulder injury in Week 2, but worked through it for the rest of the season, appearing in 14 of the Browns’ 17 games. Mayfield threw for 3,010 yards and 17 TDs against 13 INTs and completed 60.5% of his passes this season. In a tumultuous season, which included reported internal conflicts between Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns quarterback finished the season with the fourth-lowest touchdown pass, third-lowest passing yardage and tied for fourth place with the most interceptions thrown.
But with surgery out of the way, Mayfeild says he’s ready to “go back to being the real me.”
Drama, Drama, Drama
This past year hasn’t been very easy,” Mayfield said Wednesday. “A lot of things have sunk. It was not easy for me or my family.”
In a year when Mayfield needed to prove he was the Browns’ quarterback of the future, the drama centered around him (and his wife) is well-documented. After a 13-10 win over the lowly Detroit Lions, Baker’s wife, Emily, took to Instagram and wrote, “No one better say anything bad about @bakermayfield after this game. I don’t think I’ve seen toughness like this in a long time. Maybe the rest of our team should take the hint and be tougher.” Baker was 15 of 29 for 176 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions in that game with a QBR of 8.6.
Things got thornier when Mayfield expressed his displeasure with head coach Kevin Stefanski’s game plan after the Browns defeated the Steelers.
Baker criticized the game plan that isolated OT rookie James Hudson against TJ Watt for much of the game. “When you’ve got TJ Watt in there and you’re not giving our rookie tackle a lot of help, it’s not going to be good…” #browns https://t.co/nQKcaEzATY
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 4, 2022
However, despite reports of tension between QB and the head coach, things came to a head when Mayfield disputed a report that he would pursue a trade.
Clickbait. You and many other local Cleveland outlets continue to be playwrights moving reporters without sources or facts. Don’t put words in my mouth to put food on your table. I am not your puppet. https://t.co/MfHnqWk65s
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 6, 2022
The road to recovery
Despite the drama, Mayfield, who often plays with a chip on his shoulder, seems focused on using this year as motivation on his road to recovery.
“It’s not going to be easy,” he said, “but it’s going to be one that I’m going to remember and it’s going to be special.
“This is not the end of my story. It’s just going to be one of those little things that I look back on and remember that it’s one of those challenges and adversities that I’m going to take advantage of.”
Mayfield, who turns 27 in April, will earn $18 million next season in the final year of his contract.