Report: Browns' Baker Mayfield to Start vs. Packers After Stint on COVID-19 List

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 25, 2021

FILE - Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks off the field after his team defeated the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland.  Mayfield and coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Dec. 15,  and will likely miss Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders as Cleveland deals with a widespread outbreak during its playoff pursuit.(AP Photo/David Richard, File)
AP Photo/David Richard, File

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will reportedly start Saturday's Christmas showdown against the Green Bay Packers after a stint on the COVID-19/Reserve list. 

According to NFL Network's Stacy Dales, Mayfield is "ready to roll" after clearing protocols:

StaceyDales @StaceyDales

I’m told <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> QB Baker Mayfield is ready to roll today. He was asymptomatic his entire time on Covid reserve, yet very involved virtually. His body feels the healthiest it’s been in a while. And, Edge Rusher Myles Garrett (groin) plans on playing. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CLEvsGB?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CLEvsGB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nflnetwork</a>

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> QB Baker Mayfield has arrived via private jet in Green Bay, fresh off the COVID list and ready to go. <a href="https://t.co/gO84v5qJk9">pic.twitter.com/gO84v5qJk9</a>

The 2021 campaign has been riddled with injury and frustration for Mayfield. He's spent much of the season playing while wearing a harness to stabilize a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder while also missing last week's win over the Las Vegas Raiders following his positive COVID-19 test. 

In 12 starts this season, Mayfield has completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 2,603 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the 7-7 Browns. 

Cleveland's showdown with Green Bay is scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET.