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Myles Garrett returns to practice after week in concussion protocol

Rookie defensive end Myles Garrett, who spent the past week in the NFL's concussion protocol, returned to practice Tuesday afternoon before the Browns receive a brief respite during their bye week.

Garrett, the first-overall NFL Draft pick, expressed frustration at injuries that have sidelined him for five of his first eight games and another that happened during offseason workouts.

"It's rough because there's a feeling helpless knowing there's nothing you can do," he said. "You've got to look at it from here and be like well, 'There's something I can work, there's something I can do better, something I can be improve while I'm healing.'"

When Garrett has been on the field, he's been a force.

The former Texas A&M star leads the team with four sacks in just three games and gives Cleveland's pass rush a noticeable edge. He shrugged off that production in interviews. "I'm not going out there to be a stat-padder," he said. "I just want to be effective ... whatever it takes to win ball games. That's what I'm worried about."

Garrett missed the first month of the season because of a high ankle sprain suffered days before the opener and then, last week, reported concussion-like symptoms after a loss to the Titans.

"I didn't really feel a specific hit shock me or stun me. It was just, I didn't really feel good after and most of my family members after the game," he said. "They took notice that night when we were at dinner, so they told me that I should probably" tell the team's medical staff.

Garrett, who said he expects to suit up when Browns play at Detroit on Nov. 12, said the bye week should give him a chance to keep getting healthy.

"I never want to miss a game, I don't ever want to be out. Whether it's practice or a game, I don't want to miss anything, but if it helps me recover I appreciate it," he said. "Just having that time to work on my ankle and strengthen it to get it back to 100 percent, I will take it, but after the bye week I should be back to my normal self."

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