Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said after Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks that his left hip injury was never going to force him to leave the game.
"There was no conversation (about leaving the game)," Mayfield told reporters. "It was not even a thought."
Asked if the injury affected his play -- he threw three interceptions in the 32-28 defeat -- Mayfield replied, "A little bit, but that is not an excuse."
"It hurts, but it's a physical game of football," Mayfield added.
Mayfield was hurt on a first-half scramble and was seen grimacing and grabbing at his left hip a few times. He headed for X-rays at one point while the Seahawks had the ball, but he did not miss a snap.
He finished 22 of 37 for 249 yards, a touchdown and the three picks, two of which came on tipped passes. He also rushed four times for 35 yards and a touchdown.
The Browns led 20-6 before falling behind 25-20, then retook the lead at 28-25. After the Seahawks went back ahead with 3:30 to play, Mayfield's pass was behind Dontrell Hilliard, going off his hands and being intercepted by K.J. Wright.
Mayfield leads the league with 11 interceptions this season, his second in the NFL after being drafted first overall in 2018.
The Browns have a bye in Week 7, giving Mayfield time to get healthy before a visit to New England in Week 8.
"Baker is a tough individual," head coach Freddie Kitchens said. "He is a tough quarterback mentally and physically. He will be fine."
--Field Level Media