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Baker Mayfield Explains His Viral Headbutting Moment

Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield

It's been a turbulent season for Baker Mayfield and the 3-7 Carolina Panthers, but the former Oklahoma standout showed some exuberance Sunday. Mayfield playfully headbutted his teammates without a helmet on, catching the attention of cameramen and fans alike. 

Commentator Al Michaels likely spoke for any concerned fans at home, cautiously joking "that's a good way to wind up in concussion protocol if you don't get in the game.:

Mayfield chalked the moment up to good competitive fun, and something he does in the interest of furthering the team's rapport. 

"I've always done that. It just so happened to be caught on camera," Mayfield said. "I love this game. I love my teammates. We work too hard not to enjoy it. A good headbutt every once and a while goes a long way."

Whether it was a wise thing to do or not, Mayfield's headbutts were a way of burning off some energy. Playing time has been erratic for the former first overall draft pick, whose career to this point would have to be considered disappointing. 

Mayfield is now on his second franchise and competing for snaps with Sam Darnold; this is a tough pill to swallow for Cleveland Browns fans who have watched fellow 2018 draft picks Saquon Barkley, Josh Allen, and Minkah Fitzpatrick elevate themselves to stardom. 

While PJ Walker took the start in Thursday's 25-15 win over the Atlanta Falcons, interim Panthers coach Steve Wilks indicated Sam Darnold and Mayfield may compete for reps over the coming weeks.