Myles Garrett could miss 2-4 weeks, so what will the Browns do?
Myles Garrett could potentially be out of action for upwards of a month, so what will the Browns do to alleviate the absence?
Earlier this week, Myles Garrett escaped major injuries when he was involved in a one-car accident, which is the most important thing. Now, the Cleveland Browns could be without their star EDGE rusher for 2-4 weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
While Garrett avoided injuries that could’ve derailed his season entirely, he did not go unscathed as he suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. He also suffered a bicep strain, but that injury is said to be less severe than the shoulder injury.
So what will the Browns do without the presence of Myles Garrett?
Entering the Week 4 contest against the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland could be without Garrett and battering mate, Jadeveon Clowney, as he is dealing with an ankle injury. That’s a pretty significant blow to this defense that is still trying to find itself and sort out all the communications issues.
With Garrett already being declared out and Clowney likely in the same boat as he is listed as questionable, (game-time decision), the Browns will look to their young pups to step up and make some plays.
Rookies Alex Wright and Isaiah Thomas could be the Week 4 starters and both have all the tools to wreak havoc. Issac Rochell could also get the nod, but nonetheless, those three will be the main EDGE rushers, with Curtis Weaver, who was just signed to the practice squad, also getting some burn.
The defensive line has been battered and beaten in the early goings of this 2022 campaign and nearly every starter was on the injury report this week.
How the young guys play in Week 4 could determine what general manager Andrew Berry decides to do. If they play well, it is unlikely that he turns to free agency to fill the void left behind by Garrett’s absence. There aren’t a plethora of options for the Browns to look into, so it would be ideal if they could get great production from the young players.
The NFL is and always has been a “next-man-up” league and the Browns will put that fully to the test this week. This isn’t make or break for any of the young guys looking to show up and show out, but what it is, rather, is an audition, of sorts.
Garrett is thankfully okay after the accident, outside of a few minor injuries, so in the meantime, it’s time for some rookies and young players to show what they are made of.