The NFL debut of 2017’s first overall pick Myles Garrett will have to wait another week. Garrett missed Week 1, and has already been ruled out for the Cleveland Browns Week 2 tilt against the Baltimore Ravens.
“Garrett, who rushed back from a high left ankle sprain after two games at Texas A&M last year, knows he has to be patient this time around,” Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com wrote. “He’ll sit out the Ravens game in Baltimore on Sunday and then be re-evaluated after that.”
Cleveland and Garrett would certainly do well to use caution here. As Garrett learned at Texas A&M, rushing a player back from an injury is never wise. But in the case of a team like the Browns, there’s absolutely no need for it.
While it’s still early in the year, it’s safe to say that Cleveland will not contend for the playoffs this year. At best, they’ll beat a few bad teams and fall to the good teams in closer than expected losses, much like the Week 1 defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s not ever smart to rush a player back from an injury but on a contending team, we can at least see how it would happen. On a bad team, though, not taking any chances and letting Garrett get back to 100 percent is clearly the right idea.
Following their Week 2 game against the Ravens, the Browns will remain on the road and take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.