BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – As the Browns took the field for their final practice before summer vacation Thursday, No. 95 was nowhere to be seen.
Myles Garrett was idle, a day after suffering an injury to his left foot late in Wednesday’s practice. Head coach Hue Jackson wasn’t sure the extent of the injury at the time and was only able to say they were hoping everything would be okay.
The team did not update Garrett’s injury following practice.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and defensive line coach Clyde Simmons both deflected questions about Garrett’s status and referred them to Jackson who was not available to the media.
“Myles is everything we expected,” Simmons said.
“You don’t want to see nobody get hurt at any time and any place,” Simmons added. “But it’s one of those things that football has injuries, so we just have to keep going and the next guy has to come up and step up and play.”
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft played through a high left ankle sprain last season for Texas A&M and he missed some time during OTAs with an undisclosed injury.
The Browns selected Garrett with the top pick in the hopes that he would be able to help transform one of the worst defenses in the NFL and provide the front 7 with an impact playmaker and pass rusher after he totaled 32 1/2 sacks for the Aggies over 3 seasons.
Garrett has yet to take regular snaps in team drills with the first-team defense because Jackson and Williams want him to work his way up the depth chart and earn the right to start.
The early injuries haven’t helped Garrett and as long as the Browns remain mum about his status the questions about his health will persist leading all the way up to training camp in late July.