- Baker Mayfield must give serious thought to having his left shoulder repaired now and shutting it down for the season (cleveland.com) - Baker Mayfield must give serious thought to having his left shoulder repaired now and shutting it down for the rest of the season. He’ll need surgery after the season as it is, but it might be prudent to do it now and let him start healing for next year instead of further damaging the area.
- Browns coach Kevin Stefanski noncommittal on Baker Mayfield vs. Steelers but hopeful Nick Chubb, Jack Conklin can play (Beacon Journal) - Halloween might not be filled with many thrills for Baker Mayfield this year. Coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t make any promises Friday about whether the starting quarterback of the Browns will be permitted to play when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit for an Oct. 31 showdown at FirstEnergy Stadium.
- Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr. epitomize team’s fighting spirit by playing through pain in win over Broncos (Browns Zone) - Receivers have the reputation, often earned, of being divas. On Thursday night, the Browns’ starting wideouts embodied the team’s fighting spirit that contributed greatly to a 17-14 win over the Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium.
- Case Keenum ‘orchestrated the operation,’ rallies injury-mired Browns offense (clevelandbrowns.com) - The biggest play of Case Keenum’s performance Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium encapsulated everything the Browns were hoping to achieve in Week 7 against the Broncos.
- Miami Dolphins coach reiterates support for Tua Tagovailoa as Deshaun Watson rumors swirl (ESPN) - Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores gave a public endorsement Friday of Tua Tagovailoa, after rumors of a potential trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson again flared earlier this week.
- Why NFL teams are rethinking fourth down (NFL.com) - Thus far in the 2021 NFL campaign, a whopping 23 games have included winning scores in the last minute of regulation or overtime. Yep, that’s a record through the first six weeks of a season, per NFL Research. We’ve also seen 11 overtime games — tied for the second-most in league history during this time span. Long story short: The league’s competitive parity is as strong as ever. Inherently, every single potential edge is crucial. Which leads us to the increasing trend of going for it on fourth down.
- The day Chuck Hughes died: Remembering the only NFL player to die in a game (Sporting News) - Still on the Chicago Bears side of the field, the player pitches forward awkwardly, falling face down, arms at his sides. Chuck Hughes, 28, is dead. It is October 24, 1971. Fifty years ago this Sunday. Across more than 100 years of league play, he remains the only NFL player to die during a game.