Browns DE Myles Garrett, NFL's top draft pick, might see first action against Bengals
Pass rusher is coming off ankle sprain
1:46 PM, Sep 28, 2017
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett is back on the practice field and could be ready to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Bengals.
The top overall pick in this year's draft returned on Thursday after missing the first three games with a high right ankle sprain. Now that he's been cleared to practice, there's a strong chance he'll play this week, if only in obvious pass-rush situations.
Garrett got hurt on Sept. 6 when a teammate inadvertently fell on his ankle during practice.
The Browns want to be cautious with the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder, who sprained his foot during the spring and was limited by an ankle sprain during his junior season at Texas A&M.
"If he is able to play, we might not play him the whole game," head coach Hue Jackson said. "We'll find out more as we go through the week."
The Browns (0-3) have missed Garrett's pass-rushing skills in their losses to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. Cleveland only has six sacks in three games.
Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer is eager to see what his teammate will do once he's healthy and on the field.
"Can't wait," Kizer said. "I have seen him since rookie minicamp and OTAs. He is a freak of an athlete and I can't wait for him to come out and make some plays for us."
Garrett was impressive in training camp and the exhibition season, and Kizer said his teammate is ready to showcase his skills.
"Yeah, he can't wait," Kizer said. "He has been working his butt off."