The Cleveland Browns erred on the side of caution Thursday, holding top draft pick Myles Garrett out of the final minicamp practice with a foot injury.
To the surprise of no one, the Cleveland Browns decided to hold defensive end Myles Garrett out of Thursday’s final session of veteran minicamp.
Rather than taking part in the shorts-and-helmet practice, Garrett was still being evaluated by medical personnel, a team spokesman said, according to Mary Kay Cabot at cleveland.com.
Garrett, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, left practice early on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury to his left foot. Garrett dealt with a high-ankle sprain of his left ankle as a senior at Texas A&M, which he played through but still limited his production as he finished with 8.5 sacks.
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Despite that, he still finished his collegiate career with 31 career sacks, which is the second most among SEC players during the past 10 years.
The Browns have not released, or may simply just not know, any additional details about Garrett’s injury, although head coach Hue Jackson is hoping that Garrett being able to walk off the field on Wednesday is a good sign that things may not be dire.
While it is frustrating to see the team’s top pick go out with an injury, Jackson was philosophical about the situation, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
"“That is part of the game. Obviously, I don’t want to see any of our players kicked, hurt or any of that. Hopefully, things will be fine. We don’t want to lose any player, especially not one of our really good players. Hopefully, things will be OK. I think they will be. I don’t know that for sure, but we will find out as I go inside.”"
It has been a rough start for Garrett as he did not participate for a large portion of Organized Team Activities and only made it through the first two days of veteran minicamp before hurting himself again.
The good news is that Garrett now has six weeks to heal up before the start of training camp.
The bad news is … well, we’re not going to even entertain those kind of thoughts right now.