The Browns got their elite pass rusher back on Wednesday.
Defensive end Myles Garrett was back at practice for Cleveland: making his long-awaited return since suffering a single-car collision on Sept. 26.
Garrett was a welcomed sight on the practice field for Browns players and staff. He participated in warm-ups and 20 minutes of dummy and blocking drills, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
He was all smiles in his first day back.
The hulking Browns player teased an early return leading up to Week 4, but all signs now point to Week 5 following Garrett’s limited session on Wednesday.
Garrett missed Week 4’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, which the Browns lost, 23-20.
Based on the eye test, it’s a safe bet that Garrett will suit up for Week 5’s matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers to keep his team above .500 (2-2).
Leaving practice on Sept. 26, Garrett lost control of his Porsche and rolled the vehicle off the road. He was traveling over the speed limit with a female passenger, who suffered injuries alongside the player.
After a quick same-day trip to the hospital, Garrett’s injuries were deemed non-life-threatening, including a shoulder and biceps strain, and several lacerations.
He was later cited for speeding.
Mary Kay Cabot noted that Garrett still had swelling in one eye, which also appeared bloodshot.
Browns coach Kevin Stefansky shared that having Garrett back fortifies the team in the huddle and with the coaches’ playbook.
“Good to have Myles just even in the walkthrough just having his presence and having him in the meetings,” Stefanski said. “He’s a big part of what we do, so good to have him back out there.”
Cleveland’s defense kept Marcus Mariota at bay (139 passing yards, 1 interception) in Week 4, but the Browns’ defensive line struggled to keep the rushing attack under control.
A committee of Falcons runners racked up 200+ rushing yards against the injured Browns defense. Garrett’s return should help solve that problem.
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