Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has yet to play in a game this year and isn’t expected to play in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts.
After injuring his ankle prior to the season opening up, Garrett has shed his walking boot but was officially listed as doubtful by the team.
Sammie Coates: Doubtful
Jamie Collins: Out
Myles Garrett: Doubtful#CLEvsIND
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 22, 2017
Garrett missed two games with an ankle injury last year during his final campaign at Texas A&M. He told reporters earlier this week that he would love to be out there playing “as soon as possible” and wants “to test my limits.”
“I want to go out there and play right away,” Garrett said, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “But I know I’ll be hurting the team and myself if I go out there too soon.”
Obviously the Browns would love to have their top draft pick (No. 1 overall) out there on Sunday. However, this team isn’t contending for anything this year, with or without Garrett. So his long-term health is the most important thing to consider here. On that note, however, given his foot injury in camp and this ankle injury, fans must be at least a bit nervous that this top draft pick won’t pan out over the long haul.
When healthy, Garrett displayed Pro-Bowl potential this summer (like this). He went No. 1 overall for good reason. Hopefully he can get out onto the field sooner, rather than later.