CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Myles Garrett’s first NFL sack will have to wait.
His first NFL game too.
Garrett has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and his status will be re-evaluated “in a couple of weeks” the Browns said Thursday morning.
“Obviously, we would like to have him out there, but again, as I said several times before with not just his situation, these things happen in football,” head coach Hue Jackson said following Thursday’s practice. “Unfortunate. He is one of our better players, and we wish we had them all out there, but we will have him out there at some point in time soon. We will go from there.”
Garrett suffered the injury to his right foot during Wednesday’s practice and was unable to continue.
“Somebody got thrown into the back of his leg by accident,” Jackson said. “It wasn’t intentional and those things happen. It wasn’t planned. Nobody tried to have it happen. He didn’t try to have it happen. It is football. Those things happen sometimes when you are out there practicing. It was unfortunate that it happened, and we are going to move on from it.”
The Browns will turn to defensive ends Nate Orchard and Carl Nassib to fill the void. The team also re-signed defensive end Tyrone Holmes, who was waived over the weekend, and released offensive lineman Zach Sterup.
Originally a sixth-round pick by Jacksonville in 2016, Holmes joined the Browns his rookie season via waivers after final roster cuts in 2016 and appeared in 11 games where he registered 5 tackles with 1 sack. This preseason, he logged 9 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble.
Fellow rookie, safety Jabrill Peppers saw Garrett in the training room Thursday and even joked with the defensive end from Texas A&M.
“From what I could see, he wasn’t down about it,” Peppers said. “He understands what he has to do to get back to help this team. He’s always been a good teammate, a good sport about everything. I know it sucks for him, especially with the goals he set for himself, but definitely getting healthier takes precedent.”
This is the second injury for Garrett since the Browns selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He suffered a lateral foot sprain in May causing him to sit out the last 2 weeks of OTAs and minicamp in June.
Jackson isn’t concerned that there may be a pattern here with lower leg injuries to Garrett.
“No concern because at the same time, I know exactly how it happened,” Jackson said. “If you get somebody thrown into your leg, it could happen to any one of our guys. If you guys would have seen it, it could happen to anybody on our football team. It is just unfortunate it happened to a guy who we wish was out there all of the time. That goes with it.”
It also marks the second consecutive year that the Browns’ top draft choice suffered a major injury forcing him to miss significant time. Last year receiver Corey Coleman, who was selected 15th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, broke his right thumb and missed 6 weeks.
Garrett is looking at a similar timetable.
High ankle sprains typically take 4-6 weeks to recover but last season at Texas A&M Garrett missed 2 weeks with a high ankle sprain to his right foot but played the rest of the season with the injury.