Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com first reported the injury after Wednesday’s practice. The No. 1 overall pick last spring suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s practice and didn’t return.
“He went as long as he could,” said head coach Hue Jackson, who indicated that the high ankle sprain could be serious.
Garrett Won’t Play against Pittsburgh Steelers
In another update, Cabot reported that Garrett was wearing a walking boot at the Browns practice facility. And he’ll definitely miss the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“No concern because 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.”
The coach went on to say that the injury was a “freak accident” that happened when somebody got pushed towards Garrett’s legs.
“Somebody got thrown into the back of his leg by accident,” Jackson explained. “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’s football.
“Those things happen sometimes when you’re out there practicing. It was unfortunate that it happened, and we are going to move on from it.”
No Timetable on Return
“We’re going to be week to week,” Jackson said. “[Garrett] is disappointed like any player would be.
“He was excited about starting his NFL career and regular season and then this happens. But his spirits are back up today. I think he understands where he is and he knows he is going to get back out there, so he’ll be fine.”
Not the First Ankle Injury for Garrett
Last season at Texas A&M, Garrett suffered another high sprain on his other ankle against the Arkansas Razorbacks. This happened in the fourth week, and he endured the pain throughout the rest of the season.
Of course, this also had a negative effect on his production because he tallied just 8.5 sacks. This was down from 11.5 sacks in his 2015 junior season at A&M.
Garrett also suffered a lateral foot sprain that prevented him from working out for a few weeks during this past summer.
The 21-year-old will now undergo exams on the ankle in the coming weeks. The hope is to get him on the field not long after the Steelers game. But that doesn’t appear likely because he’s expected to miss multiple games.
Thomas Reacts to Garrett’s Injury
Team captain Joe Thomas discussed Garrett’s injury during a team media session.
“He’s doing a good job,” Thomas said. “I had breakfast with him this morning. He’s focused on getting back as soon as he can. (But) it hurts losing a guy that is that much of a game changer.”
Thomas added that it’s tough to play with a high ankle sprain and how it can limit your abilities.
“It’s a very difficult injury and even though you can feel good enough to try to get out there and you can tape it up and brace it up as much as you can, you’re just not the same player you were before the injury because it’s tough. It really limits your ability to just run.”
Joe Haden Discusses how Good Garrett will be
Joe Haden was recently traded from the Browns to the Steelers. But he had only good things to say about his former teammate Garrett after the injury.
“We didn’t miss on that one. I could tell that from the very beginning. He just has stuff that you can’t teach – his motor, his professionalism and his attitude.”
Haden added, “He definitely is a pro already. He is mature beyond his age. He just loves the game and loves getting after it. My bold prediction, I really feel like Myles can make the Pro Bowl his rookie year.”
Who will Replace Garrett Against the Steelers?
Garrett won a starting defensive end role early on. He was set to start opposite Emmanuel Ogbah. Now that Garrett’s injured, the other defensive end role will go to either Carl Nassib or Nate Orchard.
Orchard had a promising rookie season after being a Browns’ second-round draft pick in 2015. But he missed 13 games last year with an ankle injury.
Nassib, a third-rounder for Cleveland last year, had 2.5 sacks in 2016. Neither Nassib nor Orchard appear ready to replace the presence of Garrett.
Browns Odds with Garrett Out
Here are the Browns odds in the Steelers game, according to our GTBets.eu sportsbook:
- Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland, Sept 10 @ 1:00pm EST
- Pittsburgh -8.5 (-110)
- Cleveland +8.5 (-110)
- Over/Under 47 (-110)
Cleveland’s odds haven’t changed following the announcement that Garrett will be out. So you might get some value by betting on the Browns at home.
But then again, Cleveland doesn’t quite have the talent of Pittsburgh and will be hard-pressed to stay in this contest.