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Need to Know: Myles Garrett knows patience is vital in return from injury

Posted Sep 11, 2017

Cleveland’s No. 1 pick on road to recovery

Myles Garrett is on to the Ravens, even though he knows he won’t be able to help the Browns on the field.

Garrett, five days removed from suffering a high ankle sprain on the practice field, said he’s passing the time with hours and hours of rehabilitation and film study. He’s preparing each week as if he were fully healthy and able to play rather than patiently waiting to make his NFL debut.

“Trying to get my guys ready,” Garrett said Monday from the Browns locker room, “because if I can’t play, I have to make sure they have full knowledge of who they are going up against.”

Garrett said he was feeling better than when he initially suffered the injury. Wearing a walking boot, Garrett spoke from experience, as he battled through nagging pain from a high ankle sprain throughout his junior year at Texas A&M.

Garrett’s status and potential return date will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks. It will be a battle of self-restraint, but Garrett understands the benefits of patience during a recovery Cleveland’s training staff is considering a week-to-week ordeal.

“Me knowing myself, I want to get out there as soon as possible. I want to test my limits,” Garrett said. “I want to go out there and play right away, but I know that I will be hurting the team and myself if I go out there too soon.

“It is rough, but I know that when I come back I am going to be a boost to my defense. I am going to do whatever I can to make a difference.”

-- Duke Johnson Jr. spent the vast majority of his 50 snaps Sunday lined up as a wide receiver, catching two big passes on the Browns’ scoring drive late in the first quarter.

The third-year running back spent time with both his traditional position group and the wide receivers during the preseason. After playing primarily as a wide receiver in the preseason opener, Johnson was almost exclusively a running back when he filled in for starter Isaiah Crowell against the Giants.

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Johnson’s usage Sunday was a result of the game plan for the Steelers and nothing more.

“It will change as we go,” Jackson said. “Duke is a very valuable member of our offensive football team in both phases, in the pass game and the run game.”

-- Jackson said he never once considered kicking a field goal when the Browns trailed by 11 and faced a fourth-and-2 late in Sunday’s fourth quarter.

The decision turned out to be the right one, as DeShone Kizer threw a dart to Corey Coleman, who held on despite a hard hit for a 3-yard touchdown pass. It was the second of two fourth-down conversions on the day for Kizer, who brought the Browns within a field goal following the touchdown and ensuing two-point conversion.

“We needed points,” Jackson said. “It wasn’t about getting within eight. I felt very comfortable if we made it, we were going to do something good with the ball.”

-- Jackson said Kasen Williams, a waiver claim who joined the team last Sunday, found a way into the playing rotation over the team’s two other, new receivers because of the week of practice he logged and the position he plays.

Sammie Coates, who was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh one day earlier, did not see the field on offense but contributed on special teams. Reggie Davis, who was also a waiver claim, was inactive.

Williams was targeted twice but did not catch a pass.

-- The Browns came away relatively healthy from Sunday’s game, but right guard Kevin Zeitler is dealing with a thumb injury.

Jackson was optimistic about Zeitler’s prognosis but stressed he’d be monitored throughout the week.

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