Baker Mayfield got his first taste of NFL action during Thursday night’s Cleveland Browns-New York Jets game because of a head injury to Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor hit his head on the turf late in the second quarter as the Browns were trailing 14-0. He was taken into the medical tent on the field and was being evaluated for a possible concussion, according to NFL Network. Taylor was later taken into the locker room for further evaluation.
Taylor was struggling in the game at that time, with many fans chanting for Mayfield to enter the game. Taylor was just 4/14 for 19 yards before exiting.
Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, came on in the Browns’ final drive of the half and immediately completed his first three passes. He went 3/4 for 47 yards on the drive, leading the team to a field goal.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s non-throwing hand is a bit of a mess, but the issue does not sound series.
Coach Hue Jackson confirmed reports Friday that Taylor has a dislocated pinky on his non-throwing hand. That hand is also bruised, but Jackson did not sound particularly concerned about Taylor’s health going forward.
Tyrod Taylor dealing with a dislocated pinky on non-throwing hand. The hand is also bruised, sore, "but he's going to be fine," Hue Jackson says.
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) August 24, 2018
Taylor gave the Browns quite the scare on Thursday when he went down during the team’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles and initially looked to be fairly seriously hurt. It’s quite clear that things aren’t as serious as they first appeared, which is good news, considering Taylor’s heir apparent looked rather shaky after replacing him.
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Tyrod Taylor was able to return to Thursday night’s preseason game despite having an injury scare in the first quarter, and it sounds like the injury he suffered was painful even if minor.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Taylor suffered a dislocated pinky finger on his left hand when he landed awkwardly on it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2018
Taylor immediately clutched his arm after the play, and the the way his hand bent back made it seem like he suffered some sort of wrist injury. However, it was safe to assume the quarterback avoided any ligament damage or worse when the Browns let him return to the game — especially in the preseason.
Between Rapoport’s report and the encouraging update Taylor gave on Friday, Browns fans have nothing to worry about in advance of Week 1.
Tyrod Taylor landed awkwardly on his hand after throwing a pass in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and there was some concern at first that he may have suffered a significant injury. However, there have been no indications that he is in danger of missing Week 1.
Following the Cleveland Browns’ bizarre 5-0 win, Hue Jackson said X-rays on Taylor’s hand were negative despite the coach being “very concerned” at first. On Friday, Taylor delivered even more good news when he tweeted that he is “doing well.”
Thanks for the prayers Cleveland I’m doing well. Come meet me later @XHIBITION_ at 6:30pm.
— Tyrod Taylor (@TyrodTaylor) August 24, 2018
Taylor’s left wrist appeared to bend back in a painful manner, but it was a good sign that returned to the game not long after the first-quarter injury. There’s no way the Browns would have risked putting him back into the game in the preseason unless everything looked fine.
Jackson has said throughout the offseason that Taylor is Cleveland’s unquestioned starter, and there’s no reason to think the hand injury will change that.
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An injury to Tyrod Taylor may have opened up an opportunity for Baker Mayfield to become the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback.
Taylor left Thursday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter after hurting his arm. Taylor was moving towards his left and put his left hand down as he went to the ground, appearing to land on it awkwardly.
Tyrod Taylor banged up…left elbow/forearm pic.twitter.com/Ca3wXdy0sk
— Greg Brandt (@devywarehouse) August 24, 2018
He went into the medical tent and then into the locker room for examination. He was termed questionable to return. He was seen holding his left wrist after landing on his hand.
Tyrod Taylor appears to injure his wrist, heads back to the locker room. Baker Mayfield into the game for the Browns. pic.twitter.com/18x4vwvU87
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 24, 2018
The good news is Taylor returned to the Browns’ sideline at the start of the second quarter, with his helmet in hand.
Taylor was entering the season as the Browns’ starter, with the plan being for Mayfield to sit behind him and learn despite being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. If the injury is serious, that could change things.
We have a bonafide name controversy brewing in the NFL surrounding Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Since his days at Virginia Tech, Taylor’s first name has commonly been pronounced as “Ty-rod”, with the “Y” being prominent. However, we’re coming to find out that that pronunciation may not be correct.
Some observers noticed on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” that Taylor’s name was pronounced as “Tuh-rod” rather than “Ty-rod” by some of his teammates. That led “Good Morning Football” to do an investigation which led them to conclude his name should be pronounced “Tuh-rod.”
The Curious Case of Ta-ROD Taylor has been cracked. pic.twitter.com/K9xico42O7
— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) August 17, 2018
With NFL fans everywhere confused, ESPN’s Dianna Russini attempted to get to the bottom of the mystery, but the answer she received from a Browns official only continued the confusion.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 17, 2018
Then during the telecast of the game, the broadcast crew pronounced Taylor’s first name as we have been accustomed to hearing it over the years.
So which one is it?
If Taylor had a universally accepted nickname, that would be an alternative. I’ve heard Taylor referred to as “T-Mobile” on a few occasions, based on Taylor’s ability to make plays with his feet. What if we all just decide to call him that?
Training camp may not be the most exciting time of the NFL season, but it’s home to a lot of storylines and things to watch. There are players looking to prove themselves and others who want to push for opportunities during the regular season, as well as the annual camp battles at several positions for a number of teams.
So who should you be watching as training camp gets underway? Here’s a list of 15 players worth paying attention to.
1) Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
All eyes will be on Luck’s health as training camp gets underway. The hope is that his shoulder problems are finally behind him, though the Colts have made clear that they’re going to watch him closely and not push him too far too soon. He’ll be worth watching in camp not just for his health, but for the quality of his passing. It’s been a long time since Luck pushed himself. How sharp will the former No. 1 pick be?