The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 1:00 am

NFL notebook

Browns expect Mayfield to play

Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield is not expected to miss any time after injuring his right hand in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.

Mayfield played the second half with a glove to help protect and support his hand after he struck it on the facemask of Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree while throwing a deep incompletion just before halftime.

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday that he was prepared to play backup Garrett Gilbert in the second half, but X-rays taken on Mayfield at halftime were negative.

Kitchens said Mayfield “should be fine” and able to start Sunday when the Browns (5-7) play host to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The second-year QB completed 18 of 32 passes for 196 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Steelers. He went 8 of 15 for 98 yards in the second half. Mayfield's final pass was picked off by former Browns cornerback Joe Haden.

Lions put TE on injured reserve

Detroit put rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Hockenson has caught 32 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns. The loss of Hockenson is another blow to an offense that has been without quarterback Matthew Stafford and recently put backup quarterback Jeff Driskel on IR.

Extra points

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew will return to Jacksonville's starting lineup Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, replacing ineffective veteran Nick Foles following the team's fourth consecutive lopsided loss. ... New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has a sprained left ankle that could sideline him for at least New York's game Sunday against Miami. Quarterback Sam Darnold is OK after tweaking a knee in the game and he calls it a “non-issue.” He's also dealing with sore ribs but says he's fine. Cornerback Brian Poole is in the concussion protocol after being cleared for a head injury during the game. Fellow cornerback Arthur Maulet has a strained calf. ... Arizona released veteran cornerback Tramaine Brock Sr. and running back Zach Zenner.

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