No NFL team has mastered the art of blending ineptitude with totally shit luck better than the Cleveland Browns.
On Wednesday, they were victims of the latter: defensive end Myles Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, suffered a right ankle injury that could keep him out for a quarter of the season—and possibly more, according to a cleveland.com source.
UPDATE: Myles Garrett has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. His status will be updated in a couple weeks. pic.twitter.com/YvBM4HXnPc
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A teammate stepped on his foot in practice, causing the injury. Garrett then tried to play through it before giving in to the extent of the injury.
“He went as long as he could,” said head coach Hue Jackson. The team doesn’t expect the ankle to require surgery.
In June, Garrett sprained his foot in minicamp. He missed several weeks before returning to training camp at the end of July. Less than a year ago, Garrett suffered a high-ankle sprain on his other foot while playing for Texas A&M.
Since making management changes in 2016, the Browns have been shrewdly acquiring draft picks in a massive rebuilding effort. But their picks keeping getting hurt.
It’s the second season in a row the team has lost a first-rounder in an early-season practice.
After making 13 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns through the first two weeks of 2016, rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman—the 15th overall selection, landed in a pick-amassing deal with the Tennessee Titans—broke his hand in practice.
He missed six weeks, then couldn’t return to form when he retook the field.
Garrett has been impressing teammates in practice.
“He’s looking like the first overall pick,” said two-time Pro-Bowl cornerback Joe Haden—who was cut by the Browns last week before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers—in a Wednesday conference call before the injury came to light. “I was super excited when we got him. I feel like that’s the pick that is a stamp. We didn’t miss on that one. I could tell that from the very beginning. He just has stuff that you can’t teach—his motor, his professionalism and his attitude.
“He definitely is a pro already. He is mature beyond his age. He just loves the game and loves getting after it. My bold prediction, I really feel like Myles can make the Pro Bowl his rookie year.”