BEREA Myles Garrett Color Rush Jersey , Ohio (AP) The explanation didnt make any sense at the time. Days later, Baker Mayfield remains baffled.After the Browns rookie quarterback was blasted in the helmet on Sunday by Tampa Bay safety Jordan Whitehead, who lowered his head to deliver the blow on Mayfield, referee Shawn Hochuli added a layer of confusion to a controversial play with his reason for not calling a penalty.The quarterback is still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head, Hochuli announced. He had not yet begun his slide. There is therefore no foul.Mayfield cant grasp that explanation.No words, an incredulous Mayfield said Wednesday. Honestly. No words.Mayfield said he didnt initially hear Hochulis comments, mainly because he was focused on calling the Browns next play.Once he found out, Mayfield was dumbfounded.I thought thats why they put the rule in, Mayfield said. But well see.The NFL is expected to fine Whitehead for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Mayfield, a person familiar with league discipline told The Associated Press on Wednesday.Mayfield had begun to slide at the end of a 35-yard scramble when he was drilled by Whitehead, who used the crown of his helmet to plaster the No. 1 overall pick.Whitehead should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness or unsportsmanlike conduct, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not commented on calls from last weeks games.The league, which has placed an extra emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, has been announcing fines on Saturday. If Whitehead is punished, it will be public confirmation that the play should have been penalized.However, the Browns arent looking for another veiled apology from the league. Theyve had several questionable calls go against them this season, but guard Joel Bitonio doesnt think officials are biased against the Browns (2-4-1), who have played four overtimes games.Its a tough job being an NFL ref, said Bitonio said. Mistakes happen. Thats part of the job. We miss things. They miss things. Its part of the business. We have to overcome that. The refs might have blown a call here and there, but weve had opportunities to make things happen. When it came down to it, we missed those opportunities.And while the league has been proactive in protecting quarterbacks https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Rashard-Higgins-Jersey , late hits remain a problem. The one on Mayfield was particularly alarming because he was doing everything correctly, still got whacked and nothing was called.Browns coach Hue Jackson is in favor of such plays being subject to replay review if it means getting the call correct.The league and the officials want to get it right, so to me anything that is questionable that way, I think you take a real good look at it, Jackson said.Lets just not move on from it, even if you have to review it. Lets make sure that those things are correct as those calls are being made, when its something thats that vicious, that kind of hit, especially on a quarterback.Jackson said he has had positive conversations with the league. Ultimately, he said the goal is for fairness.I think the most important thing for the league, for teams, for coaches, for everybody, is we just want to get it right, he said. Games are won and lost on these things. Jobs will be on the line because of these things and thats important. Again, we just want it to be right.Mayfield feels the NFL might consider adopting the college targeting rule in which players are subject to ejection and suspensions if called for using their helmets to deliver a blow. Mayfield said the rule served as a deterrent when he was at Oklahoma.I definitely know it affected our team, Mayfield said. When anytime you have guys that are flying around trying to impose their will on an offense and a hit like that can take them out of not only that second half but then the first half of the next game, that can affect a lot of guys.Mayfield wasnt injured on the play and he sneered Ill be all right when asked if he felt fortunate that he didnt sustain a concussion.After he got popped by Whitehead, Mayfield jumped to his feet and walked directly at him while yelling that he needs to hit harder. The moment underscored Mayfields toughness and fire.Thats who hes always been, running back Duke Johnson said. Were going to back him. Were going to support him, and its great to see. Wish hed get down a lot sooner Joe Thomas Jersey , but its great to see him get up from it, bounce back and go down there and make more plays.NOTES: LB Joe Schobert (hamstring), WR Rashard Higgins and CB E.J. Gaines (concussion) will miss Sundays game. Jackson is following through on his promise to be more involved in Clevelands offense, but Mayfield doesnt think the unit needs an overhaul. We dont have to re-invent the wheel, he said. We need to perfect our craft. You look at the good teams around the league, they work hard at what they do and they become good at it.