Cleveland Browns rule out Myles Garrett for Sunday game following car crash

Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 12:56 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns confirmed Saturday that defensive end Myles Garrett will not play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Browns star was injured Monday during a rollover crash in Medina County, resulting in a citation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for failure to control.

It was initially unclear if the 26-year-old would play. The Browns said team doctors were monitoring his condition.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday he wouldn’t rule Garrett out, but new communication from the Browns states he was downgraded.

In the same announcement, the Browns said they signed TE Miller Forristall to the active roster and elevated DT Roderick Perry II and DE Curtis Weaver.

Garrett also did not travel with the team to Atlanta.

Garrett spoke to the media Friday for the first time since he crashed, calling himself “grateful to be here.”

Browns fans are just thankful he’s on the mend.

Eric Berko of Cleveland told 19 News the star DE’s health is the first thing that matters.

“I just hope he’s okay and his injuries are short-term and temporary and he’s back,” Berko said. “But, if he needs to take off he needs to take off.”

Connie Trinkle of Columbus says hearing about his crash was scary. She believes he will noticeably be missed during the game. “He has a lot of leadership on the field,” Trinkle said. “I think that’s really going to hurt us. But, I just hope he’s okay.”

Garrett received injuries to his shoulder and biceps, though the Browns said he cleared concussion protocol.

His passenger, a 23-year-old Rocky River woman, was also hurt in the single-car crash on State Road in Sharon Township.

Officials with the highway patrol said impairment is not a suspected factor but unsafe speeds may have played a role.

Garrett’s car went off the side of the road, struck a ditch and fire hydrant, then overturned several times, troopers said.

The Browns also may be without their other starting DE, Jadeveon Clowney. He is recovering from an ankle injury that he suffered during the Sept. 18 game against the New York Jets.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.