BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Myles Garrett, who was a surprise scratch last week for the start of OTAs, was sidelined again Wednesday along with running back Duke Johnson and receiver Corey Coleman.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft said last week that he expected to be full go this week. Garrett practiced on Tuesday and he will return on Thursday according to head coach Hue Jackson.
“It’s nothing major,” Jackson said after practice Wednesday. “I think we’re right where we need to be. He’s done a good job. He looked good yesterday and we’ll get him back out there tomorrow. I know you guys want to see him in the worst way. We picked the wrong day to have an off day so I guess I gotta answer all these questions.”
Jackson was asked how Garrett looked since reporters haven’t seen him on the field since rookie minicamp.
“He looked like Myles Garrett,” Jackson said smiling. “Big, fast, tough. He’s everything we think he is.”
Coleman left last Wednesday’s practice after landing awkwardly while making a catch and he might miss the remainder of the offseason program, including the veteran minicamp in mid-June.
“Right now, we are going to keep him out for a little while,” Jackson said. “Again, that was a tough spill for him, a little tougher than I thought. He is making his way through. You know Corey, he wants to be back out there right now. I just think that now is a time that if a guy is kind of banged up a little bit to make sure that we take care of him so that we can get him back for our training camp.”
Coleman did not suffer any broken bones according to Jackson.
The 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft missed 6 games due to a broken thumb which contributed to a mostly underwhelming NFL debut during his rookie season. Jackson has spoken highly of Coleman this offseason while also setting the bar of expectations higher.
“Nobody wants to lose a good player at practice or at any time, but I know those things happen,” Jackson said. “Again, if I wanted to push him through it, I could. What is most important is that we get him back. He has demonstrated the ability that we are looking for. Obviously, he has got to do it in the game. There are no games right now. The most important thing for the whole football team is health.
“He has done a good job. He has improved. I stand behind my statement that I made earlier that he has got to be the guy to do it for us. That is what we drafted him for, and I am sure he will do that.”
It is unclear why Johnson is sidelined.
Left tackle Joe Thomas continues to take it easy as is custom over the past few years.
Left guard Joel Bitonio, right guard John Greco, receiver Kenny Britt, offensive lineman Matt McCants and center Austin Reiter also did not participate Wednesday.