CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield isn't sure if he'll be on the practice field on Wednesday. But when it comes to his team's Week 6 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns quarterback insists he'll be available to play on Sunday.
"Yep. Just day by day," Mayfield answered when asked if he believed he'll play vs. Pittsburgh. "Still confident."
Mayfield's comments come just three days after the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft was shaken up in the Browns' 32-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Although Mayfield was officially diagnosed with a ribs injury following a hit from Colts defensive end Justin Houston, he admitted on Wednesday that his entire right side was sore and that he was fortunate his injury wasn't worse than what it wound up being.
"Kind of the whole right side. Everything's intertwined right there," Mayfield said. "I'm lucky with the way that I landed that it wasn't directly on my shoulder and that I rolled. Obviously, it could have been a lot worse."
While X-rays on Mayfield's injury came back negative, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner admitted on Wednesday that he was still sore. Nevertheless, there doesn't appear to be much question as to whether he'll be available as the 4-1 Browns take on the 4-0 Steelers -- after all, "mama didn't raise no wuss."
"I feel good. Just one day at a time right now," Mayfield said. "Obviously, a little sore. But that's why we've got the rest of the week until game day."