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Browns QB Baker Mayfield 'no doubt' will play vs. Patriots in Week 8, says coach

Browns QB Baker Mayfield 'no doubt' will play vs. Patriots in Week 8, says coach

The Cleveland Browns have a Week 7 bye before playing the New England Patriots on the road in Week 8, and this extra time off gives the team's injured players some much-needed rest before a critical stretch in their 2019 season.

One of those players dealing with an injury is starting quarterback Baker Mayfield. The second-year QB suffered a hip injury in the third quarter of Cleveland's loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Mayfield described the area as "kind of tender" after the game.

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters Tuesday there is "no doubt" that Mayfield will play when Cleveland travels to Gillette Stadium to play the defending Super Bowl champions on Oct. 27.

The Patriots defense will present plenty of challenges for Mayfield and the Browns offense. New England's D leads the league in sacks, interceptions, takeaways, yards allowed per game and points allowed per game. 

Mayfield has struggled through six games. He's completing just 56.6 percent of his passes with just five touchdowns and a league-high 11 interceptions. The Browns have fallen way short of expectations with a 2-4 record, and even though they aren't totally out of the AFC playoff race, the margin for error is quite slim.

The Browns offense will need to be very efficient to beat a Patriots team averaging a league-leading 31.7 points scored per game. Mayfield must lead that charge by taking better care of the football against a Patriots secondary loaded with talent and experience.

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Patriots-Eagles Week 11 injury report: Seven players questionable for New England

Patriots-Eagles Week 11 injury report: Seven players questionable for New England

The New England Patriots are prepared for a difficult matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, and injuries could play a major factor for both teams.

New England released its final Week 11 injury report Friday -- and no one is listed as out or doubtful. While wide receiver Julian Edelman has often been listed as questionable ahead of each week with a chest injury, he is nowhere to be found on the report. Safety Nate Ebner, running back Damien Harris and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski have been added as questionable, while Patrick Chung, Matt LaCosse, Danny Shelton and John Simon remain on the list (all are questionable). 

As for the Eagles, they'll be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, as well as running back Darren Sproles, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The only player listed as questionable for Philadelphia is running back Jordan Howard.

Here is the final Week 11 injury report:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-1)

OUT
No Players Listed

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
S Patrick Chung, Heel/Chest (Limited participant Friday)
S Nate Ebner, Ankle/Back (LP)
RB Damien Harris, Hamstring (LP)
TE Matt LaCosse, Knee (LP)
WR Gunner Olszewski, Ankle/Hamstring (LP)
DT Danny Shelton, Ankle (LP)
DE John Simon, Elbow (LP)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)

OUT
LB Nigel Bradham, Ankle (Did not practice)
WR Alshon Jeffery, Ankle (DNP)
RB Darren Sproles Quadricep (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
RB Jordan Howard, Shoulder (LP)

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Tom Brady reacts to Myles Garrett incident: Bill Belichick uses it as 'teaching moments'

Tom Brady reacts to Myles Garrett incident: Bill Belichick uses it as 'teaching moments'

Just about every NFL player is being asked for his reaction to the crazy incident in Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady couldn't escap the question Friday.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely by the league for taking off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and hitting him over the head with it. 

Brady told reporters in his Friday press conference that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick uses those types of situations to remind his players of what to do and what not to do when tempers flare.

"Coach Belichick tries to use it as teaching moments," Brady said. "(He) talks about not throwing punches, not touching the referees and staying on the sidelines."

How hard is it to stay disciplined?

"It's an emotional game," Brady said. "I think I got a penalty in 2002 -- I think I've only got one penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, I kinda pushed someone back against Chicago. That might be my only unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Probably deserved a few more, but that was the only one I got called for."

The Patriots beat Garrett and the Browns 27-13 at Gillette Stadium in Week 8.

The defending Super Bowl champs return to game action Sunday afternoon with a Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

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