The Browns defense took a major hit Thursday morning when word came that first overall pick Myles Garrett suffered a high ankle sprain during practice on Thursday.
The team said they’ll evaluate in a couple weeks, more than likely putting Garrett out this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers and next Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Both Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network both said that usually high ankle sprains could take 4-6 weeks to heals depending on the severity of it.
Garrett suffered the injury when a team stepped on the right side of his foot during practice but he kept going until Coach Jackson said “he couldn’t go anymore”.
This is the second time Garrett has been injured since being selected with the top pick in the NFL Draft.
Garrett suffered a mid-foot sprain during minicamp in June when now former Browns lineman Cam Erving stepped on his foot, the team shut Garrett down until training camp in late July after the injury was diagnosed.
He showed his potential as an elite pass rusher during the preseason whether it was getting a sack, tackles for a loss or causing a disruption in the backfield.
For the Browns immediate future, it’s next man up.
They’ve drafted guys like Emmanuel Ogbah, Nate Orchard, and Carl Nassib because of their pass rushing abilities and it’s time for those players to show if they can do it in the NFL.
The Browns also re-signed Tyrone Holmes Thursday morning.
Holmes knows the system as he spent all offseason in Cleveland and he’s another guy that can get after the quarterback as he showed in the preseason.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams isn’t going to back down just because arguably his best weapon on defense is sidelined, he’ll rally that side of the ball together and still expect success which I think there’s still enough talent to get it done.