Cleveland Browns rookie Myles Garrett was spotted in a walking boot on Friday. Is it time for Browns fans to panic about the No. 1 overall selection?
Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett is heading into the team’s six-week summer break in what is a familiar situation for him.
He is nursing a left ankle injury.
Garrett suffered an undisclosed injury to his ankle on Wednesday during a drill at veteran minicamp. On Friday, he was spotted at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport wearing a walking boot on his injured ankle.
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It is not a look that the Browns want to see from Garrett, the No. 1 overall selection of the 2017 NFL Draft. But after playing through a high-ankle sprain last season at Texas A&M, it is something that everyone knew was a possibility as Garrett’s durability was one of the lone questions about him heading into the draft.
The Browns have not released any information about the extent of Garrett’s injury, and while seeing him in a walking boot creates a depressing image, it does not necessarily mean that his injury is serious.
According to livestrong.com, walking boots are an effective measure when dealing with a sprained ankle:
"Walking boots, also known as walking casts, are removable, usually stiff supports designed to immobilize the ankle and provide increased support during walking. They have been proven effective in the treatment and healing of sprained ankles and even minor fractures. They tend to be more comfortable than a fiberglass or plaster cast, and can be removed for bathing or sleeping, according to your doctor’s orders."
"When diagnosed with a sprained ankle, you will likely be recommended to wear the walking boot for a certain period of time pending a check-in on the healing process. Those with more serious sprained ankles accompanies with issues like an Achilles tendon tear will likely be given a longer, stiffer boot and told to wear it almost continuously for months. Those with less serious injuries may be provided with a softer, shorter walking boot and given a shorter expected duration of wear depending upon how quickly the sprained ankle heals."
It is hard to tell from the photo the type of walking boot that Garrett is wearing, but the fact that he was able to walk off the field on his own after the injury would appear to be a good sign.
His Browns career may not have gotten off the way he would have liked it – in addition to this week’s injury Garrett was very limited in Organized Team Activities – he has still flashed the talent that led him to become the consensus No. 1 pick, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told clevelandbrowns.com:
"“He has done a great job. It is still way early, but you guys are going to see a pretty good football player when he gets the chance to get out there and go. I have a big smile on my face, and I will just wait and let him show everybody before I talk about it.”"
Obviously everyone would be sleeping a lot easier if Garrett did not have the walking boot, but it is important to remember that he now has six weeks to get healthy before he has to do anything on the football field.
If this turns out to be minor and Garrett returns to training camp ready to go, then this will all be just a minor footnote to the start of his career?
And if it is something more ominous? Well, then head coach Hue Jackson won’t be the only one downing multiple Mai Tais.