The Cleveland Browns will be without their top two quarterbacks this evening as they square off against the Las Vegas Raiders.
According to ESPN, Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum will miss the Monday night matchup as they failed to test out of Covid-19 protocol.
This leaves the Cleveland Browns with no option but to put fifth year QB Nick Mullens under center.
Mullens, 26, has an 87.2 passer rating in 17 career NFL starts — all of which were with the San Francisco 49ers.
While Mullens hasn’t seen the field yet for the Cleveland Browns the organization’s head coach has showered him with praise (WFMZ):
[N]ow the Browns’ offense, which will be missing top wide receiver Jarvis Landry, tight end Austin Hooper, left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. and right tackle James Hudson III, will be directed by Mullens.
The 26-year-old Mullens went 5-11 as a starter from 2018-2020, and the Browns are confident he can fill in and lead them.
“He has played good football,” Stefanski said. “He has some really good tape out there and is somebody that our personnel department has followed closely. He’s done an outstanding job really for us all season long.”
The Browns currently sit behind the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North division, but a win Monday night against the Raiders will put them in a tie at the top of the standings.
The game kicks of at 5 PM Eastern and can be viewed on the NFL Network.