Browns’ Mayfield likely to start vs. Packers


It appears Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will play Christmas Day against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Mayfield was activated nine days after testing positive for COVID-19. He hasn’t practised in two weeks, but coach Kevin Stefanski anticipated Mayfield starting versus Green Bay.

The Browns-Packers game is the opening of a Christmas Day NFL doubleheader. The Arizona Cardinals entertain the Indianapolis Colts in the nightcap.

Also around the NFL:

— Colts All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson and Jacksonville pass rusher Josh Allen are among the new names to land on the COVID-19 lists Friday. Also on Buffalo’s list is receiver Gabriel Davis, making him unavailable against the Patriots. The Bills also won’t have receiver Cole Beasley for the showdown for first in the AFC East.

— Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley is listed as questionable for Sunday’s showdown with the Bengals due to an illness that caused him to miss Friday’s practice. Lamar Jackson is questionable with a sprained ankle that caused him to miss last Sunday’s loss to the Packers, which means Josh Johnson could start at Cincinnati.

— The Bears will start third-string quarterback Nick Foles on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Justin Fields has an ankle issue and Andy Dalton has a groin injury. Foles was the Super Bowl MVP for Philadelphia after the 2017 season, but basically has not played since Week 10 of last season

— Jets coach Robert Saleh remains in COVID-19 protocols and will likely miss Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Both teams are in contention for the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.

— Authorities say a passenger in a car driven by Washington safety Deshazor Everett was killed when the vehicle slammed into several trees and rolled over. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says the passenger died at a hospital after Thursday night’s crash along a road near Aldie, Virginia. A team statement says Everett was being treated at a hospital for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.

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