Myles Garrett return to health will be huge this Sunday
The Cleveland Browns finally got some good news on the injury front with Myles Garrett set to play against the Chargers in Week 5
Week after week, the Cleveland Browns seem to have a never-ending list of players struggling with injuries. But in Week 5, their fortune might be changing as it was announced on Friday that Myles Garrett is going to be active against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Garrett missed the Browns last outing when they fell to the Atlanta Falcons following a car accident the previous Monday. While he escaped serious injuries, it was still enough to keep him sidelined — and his absence was felt.
Cleveland couldn’t generate enough pressure on Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta ground game had their way with a patchwork defensive line. That line was also missing Jadeveon Clowney and Taven Bryan, who are both still listed as questionable.
While it would be ideal to have all four starters back, Garrett is the one that makes this defensive line work. His mix of power and speed is unmatched and leads to offensive linemen constantly needing help in order to keep him from wrecking a game plan.
His ability to draw double teams frees up teammates, which means his effect is felt beyond his stats — although those are impressive on their own.
Garrett currently has three sacks in three games this season, giving him 61.5 in his career. For those who are unaware, that’s only a half-sack behind Clay Matthews, Jr. for the most in team history.
Myles Garrett will face an offense that’s hurting
While Garrett is healthy enough to play, the Chargers are still without one of their best offensive lineman. Rashawn Slater is shelved with a biceps injury, which has him on the IR.
He’s also going to be chasing down Justin Herbert, who is dealing with a rib injury — although he was a full participant in practice this week.
Cleveland and L.A. are both sitting at 2-2 and the Browns will be trying to avenge a loss to this same team from a year ago. Garrett’s return will go a long way toward helping them achieve that goal while looking to reclaim a winning record.