UPDATE: Myles Garrett went through an MRI today and it was discovered he suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss 4-6 weeks. This is undoubtedly a huge blow to the Browns defense as Garrett was going to be a big piece of what the Browns were going to be doing on defense. Anytime you lose a player like Garrett, even without him taking a snap in the NFL regular season, it can be a game changing injury. Look for Carl Nassib to be the starter for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With just a few more days before the Cleveland Browns season opener versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team might have suffered a serious blow. During Wednesday’s practice, Browns No. 1 pick Myles Garrett injured his ankle and left practice early. Following the injury, cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot has reported that the team fears that the injury could be serious and cause him to miss the opener and possibly even longer. She also reports that a MRI is coming to further evaluate the severity of the injury.
Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson was asked about the injury during his post-practice press conference. “We will see,” Jackson said about the severity of Garrett’s injury. “I don’t want to make medical decisions. I am not very good at them so we will see where we are as we move through the week.”
One of the more interesting parts of the injury news was Jackson’s comments on when Garrett injured the ankle and how the young rusher dealt with it. “He went as long as he could,” Jackson responded to how long Garrett tried to play through the injury. Jackson later said, “He was out there at practice. Obviously, he didn’t finish practice so let’s just leave it at that. He didn’t finish today so we will see where we are.” So with these comments, it seems like there is a lot of worry and unknown going on throughout the organization with this injury.
Before Wednesday’s practice, Garrett was asked about the sensation he was feeling going into the season opener and if it felt different than a season opener in college or high school. “It all is still just football. It doesn’t matter about the crowd. You have to kind of block that out. You just have to worry about your assignment. That is going to get Ben and bringing down (Steelers RB) Le’Veon (Bell).” The rookie looked determined and ready for his NFL debut, so this injury is crushing for him, the Browns and the fans.
The injury to Myles Garrett really casts a shadow on the excitement the team and the fans had going into the season opener. With the MRI and further evaluation coming, we will likely get more information tomorrow or over the next few days to see how bad the ankle injury is for Garrett.