CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns selected former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft with the hope that he would be an impactful player and improve the league’s worst defense from 2016.
While Garrett has made a positive impact, he has been on the sideline for five out of a possible games, four because of a high ankle sprain and one due to a concussion.
“It’s rough because there’s a feeling of helplessness knowing that there’s really nothing you can do,” Garrett said prior to the bye week. “That sprain, somebody fell on me. It’s not like I was doing anything reckless. Chance. I’m going to look at it from here that there’s something I can work on or something I can improve on to do better while I’m healing.”
After missing the first four games of the regular season because of a high ankle sprain suffered in a practice leading up to the home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Garrett reported concussion-like symptoms following a loss to the Tennessee Titans, was entered into the NFL Concussion Protocol shortly after and did not make the trip to London for the 2017 International Series matchup against the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium.
Despite being limited in his number of snaps in games against the New York Jets and Houston Texans, Garrett registered three sacks and seven total tackles.
In the lead-up to his NFL debut against the Jets, Garrett talked about how much he looked forward to getting his first career sack, and it took him all of one snap to accomplish that goal in front of the home fans.
Late in the second quarter, Garrett once again sacked Jets quarterback Josh McCown.
“I think I will be 100 percent on my ankle, and I don’t think I’ll be feeling any effects from the concussion,” Garrett said. “I feel fine now. I cleared protocol, so I should be back to normal.”
Garrett followed up his debut performance against the Jets with a sack of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson in a 33-17 loss to the Texans. Then, Garrett collected a sack of Marcus Mariota in a 12-9 loss to the Titans at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Through three games this season, Garrett has registered 11 total tackles, seven solo stops and a team-best four sacks.
While on the sideline because of his concussion, Garrett’s ankle had additional time to heal, and he looks forward to getting back to work Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
“I never want to miss a game,” Garrett said. “I don’t ever want to be out. Whether it is practice or a game, I don’t want to miss anything, but if it helps me recover, I appreciate it. Just having that time to work on my ankle and strengthen it to get it back to 100 percent, I will take it, but after the bye week, I should be back to my normal self, pretty much.”
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