Cleveland Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett had a difficult week.
The All-Pro pass rusher rolled his Porsche multiple times after practice Monday, resulting in shoulder and bicep injuries and multiple lacerations that hospitalized him for several hours before ultimately costing him the ability to play against the Atlanta this weekend to play Falcons. Garrett was subpoenaed by the Ohio State Police because he was unable to control his vehicle after the incident.
The NFL was not far behind, penalizing Garrett several thousand dollars for punching Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky in Week 3. Scott Petrak of Brown’s Zone reported the News on Friday, September 30.
“#Browns DE Myles Garrett was fined $15,914 for a hit on #Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky.” Petrak wrote. “He wasn’t punished.”
Garrett wanted to play the Falcons, but the Browns’ staff overruled him
Garrett stopped exercising as of Tuesday while attending to his injuries and recovering from the intellectual and emotional trauma the incident may have caused. When Garrett finally spoke to reporters Friday, he said he would have played the Falcons had he been given the choice.
“It’s up to the coaches and coaches. If it were up to me, I would like to go. It’s just my competitive spirit and my nature.” said Garrett. “Physically, we have to assess that before the game. It’s just another decision we’ll make a little closer to game time.”
Garrett also spoke directly about his car accident, in which he was driving at speeds well in excess of the speed limit.
This will definitely be a wake-up call for me, just try to be smart about driving overall. Don’t take anything for granted. Be grateful that I can still be here and just take your time.
From what I’ve seen, the pictures, I think it was one hell of an event and I’m just grateful that not only am I alive, but that I have so much of my family and the support system around me and could just keep myself locked in and focus on taking it day in and day out.
The Young Browns D-line is showing solid performance in losses against Falcons
The Browns eventually settled on Garrett and exited the defensive line three starters less — Garrett, DE Jadeveon Clowney and DT Taven Bryan. It was Clowney’s second straight missed game after suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 against the New York Jets. Bryan sat with a hamstring problem that sidelined him for the entire week of practice.
The defensive line put up a respectable performance against the Falcons despite playing so undermanned. DT Jordan Eliot recorded three tackles and a sack in the afternoon while DE Isaac Rochelle counted four tackles and one quarterback hit, per ESPN Stats.
Rookie edge Alex Wright started his second straight game in place of Clowney, recording four total tackles of his own, while rookie DT Perrion Winfrey recorded one tackle and rookie DE Isaiah Thomas registered a quarterback hit.
The Browns lost to the Falcons 23-20drop Cleveland to 2-2 on the season.
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