Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett tests positive for COVID-19, out for Sunday

Myles Garrett will miss Sunday’s game against the Eagles

It’s not exactly surprising given current circumstances, but devastating nonetheless. Cleveland Browns superstar EDGE Myles Garrett, after missing practice earlier in the week due to an illness, has tested positive for COVID-19. He will not play this week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and could miss next week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars as well.

Garrett is having a sensational season, leading the NFL with 9.5 sacks through nine games and affecting offensive gameplans in ways the stat sheet simply cannot show. He is a Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner, and rightly so. This Cleveland defense looks completely different without him, and a matchup that already had the makings of a trap game now becomes much more difficult.

It’s no secret that the Browns defense hinges on Garrett’s ability to rush the passer. He is responsible for about one-third of the team’s total pressures, which is a ridiculous amount. The Eagles offensive line has not been great this season, but their job just went from difficult to leisurely.

The rest of the Browns defensive line, including Olivier Vernon, Adrian Clayborn, Sheldon Richardson, and Larry Ogunjobi, has been a massive disappointment this season, both against the run and the pass. Richardson and Ogunjobi consistently get washed out of their gaps inside, and despite high amounts of 1-on-1 reps due to the attention Garrett commands, they can’t seem to generate hardly any pressure by themselves.

A loss on Sunday would be devastating to Cleveland’s playoff hopes, and winning without Myles Garrett, even against a 3-5-1 team, will be a very tall task indeed.