Battered QBs take center stage in Lions vs. Browns

Coming off their worst loss of the season, the Cleveland Browns are hoping to get well against the visiting Detroit Lions on Sunday.That injury, along with his mangled left shoulder and nagging foot injury, leaves Mayfield “probably the most beat up” of his career. Mayfield did not participate in practice on Wednesday, but said he expects to play against the Lions (0-8-1).”It is not like it is one particular thing; it is multiple,” Mayfield said. “It is just that time of the year, and things add up. Just a couple of things after another. It is what it is.””I am confident that he will make it,” Stefanski said. “We will never put a player out there who is not ready, but if he is ready to go, he will play on Sunday.”The Browns, who have lost three of five and sunk to the bottom of the AFC North, may need him.Case Keenum is the backup, but Cleveland will play again without running back Kareem Hunt (calf) for a fifth straight week. Nick Chubb, third in the NFL with 721 rushing yards, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week and still has not returned.”I don’t really have an update,” Stefanski said about Chubb. “We’re just going to follow the protocol.”The Lions haven’t won a game since Dec. 6, 2020, but came close last week in a 16-16 tie at Pittsburgh. Detroit also enters with a 16-4 edge all-time against Cleveland and brings a four-game winning streak against the Browns.But the Lions rank tied for 30th in the NFL in scoring (16.7 points per game) and 30th in scoring defense (28.9). And now there’s questions about the health of QB Jared Goff (oblique), who also missed Wednesday’s practice.