- Baker Mayfield doesn’t want to change amid recent success (Beacon Journal) - Baker Mayfield has been on fire in December, the Browns (10-4) have their best record through 14 games since 1994 and they’re on the doorstep of their first playoff appearance since 2002. Through it all, Mayfield is trying to be the authentic leader he believes the Browns need.
- Browns are winning, some fans are stressed out. What is the problem? (Terry Pluto) - Are some Browns fans afraid to be happy? Isn’t there enough stress and pain in the world?
- Wyatt Teller proposes on stadium field (ESPN) - Wyatt Teller is getting married. And the Browns’ right guard proposed at midfield of FirstEnergy Stadium earlier this week. Teller’s new fiancée, Carly Austin Whiting, broke the news on her Instagram account Tuesday night.
- Jets place defensive lineman Quinnen Williams on IR, will not face Browns (New York Daily News) - New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is headed to injured reserve, ending his breakout second NFL season. Coach Adam Gase said Wednesday that Williams remains in the concussion protocol after leaving the team’s first victory of the season last Sunday at Los Angeles against the Rams. Williams also is dealing with a neck injury, which is what will land him on IR.
- Dwayne Haskins fined $40K by Washington Football Team, no longer a captain (ESPN) - The Washington Football Team fined quarterback Dwayne Haskins and removed him from the role of team captain three days after he was photographed at an event with strippers while not wearing a mask, coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday. Sources told ESPN that the fine was for $40,000.
- Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger on recent criticism about his play: ‘I don’t blame them’ (Trib Live) - Ben Roethlisberger has heard the criticism. He understands it. In fact, considering the way the 17-year veteran quarterback has played in recent weeks, he expects it from fans, commentators and former NFL players.
- DeAndre Hopkins goes off on critics on his practice schedule (NFL.com) - DeAndre Hopkins channeled his inner Allen Iverson, ranting Wednesday about local complaints in Arizona about his practice schedule. More than 18 years after Iverson’s famous “practice” tirade, Hopkins took exception to what he said were some local reporters’ criticism regarding the number of practices missed.