CLEVELAND — Miles Garrett will not play Sunday’s game against Atlanta, giving the Browns’ star defensive end more time to recover from the multiple injuries he suffered when his Porsche crashed earlier this week. recovered from illness.
When he lost control while speeding near his home, All-Pro injured his shoulder and bicep, suffered several cuts and bruises, and ruptured a blood vessel in his left eye. After practice Monday, Garrett fell into a ditch, hit a fire hydrant and flipped his car several times.
The Browns listed him as questionable on Friday before relegating the 26-year-old on Saturday before flying to Georgia to play the Falcons. Garrett, who cleared his concussion protocol, did not travel.
Garrett, who was softer than usual on Friday, had a bruise on his forehead, a visibly red injured eye and signs of an accident, Garrett said he was lucky to be able to emerge from the wreck. A female passenger also suffered minor injuries.
“I’m glad everything is going in a positive direction,” Garrett said. “We’re all healthy and moving around. Just lucky to have another day.”
Garrett has been charged with speeding multiple times by police over the past few years. He said the accident was a “wake-up call” and promised to drive more carefully.
“I don’t think there’s a need for something as drastic as this to tell me I need to slow down,” Garrett said. “It’s about listening to my loved ones, listening to them and understanding that every time I get in the car it’s serious.”
Garrett was cited by the Ohio Highway Patrol for losing control of the car. Garrett told an officer he thought he was traveling at 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. In a report after the crash, the Highway Patrol said Garrett was traveling at an “unsafe speed.”
The Highway Patrol ruled out alcohol, drugs or distracted driving as the cause of the accident.
One of the NFL’s elite passers, Garrett is one sack shy of Clay Matthews’ career-marking pass.
The Browns defense has been plagued by communications glitches in Weeks 1 and 2 and has been dealing with a slew of injuries lately. Cleveland may also be without their other starting end, Jadeveon Clowney, who was listed as a suspect on Sunday with an ankle injury.
The Joker missed last week’s win over Pittsburgh with an injury and didn’t practice. If he’s out, too, the Browns will start rookies Alex Wright and Isaac Rochell.
Top cornerback Denzel Ward (back, ribs) and linebacker Jeremiah Ousu-Kolamoah (groin) missed practice earlier this week. Starting linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury against the Steelers. Jacob Phillips will replace Walker.
“I don’t believe the NFL has a bench,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said. “I just believe there are starters waiting. Some are still developing and learning, but I believe in these guys.”
Before the trip, the Browns signed tight end Miller Forestall to the active roster from the practice team and signed defensive tackle Roderick Perry II and defensive end Curtis Weaver from the practice team. .
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