Browns star Garrett will not play against the Falcons after car accident

CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett will sit out Sunday’s game against Atlanta, giving the Browns’ star defensive end more time to recover from multiple injuries sustained when he crashed his Porsche earlier in the week.

The All-Pro hurt his shoulder, injured his biceps, had multiple cuts and bruises, and ruptured a blood vessel in his left eye when he lost control while speeding near home. Garrett drove into a ditch, hit a fire hydrant and flipped his car multiple times Monday after practice.

The Browns listed him as questionable on Friday before waiving the 26-year-old on Saturday before flying to Georgia to face the Falcons. Garrett, who passed concussion protocol, did not make the trip.

Speaking more quietly than usual on Friday, with apparent signs of his accident in an abrasion on his forehead and a bright redness on the injured eye, Garrett said he felt lucky to walk away from the accident. A female passenger also suffered minor injuries.

“I’m glad it all worked out,” Garrett said. “We’re both healthy, we’re both walking. Just blessed with another day.”

Garrett has been cited numerous times by police for speeding in recent years. He said the accident was a wake-up call and vowed to be more careful while driving.

“I don’t think it takes something as drastic as this to tell me I need to slow down,” Garrett said. “It’s about listening to my loved ones, listening to them and understanding that it’s serious business every time you get in the car.”

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Garrett was cited by the Ohio Highway Patrol for losing control of his car. Garrett told an officer that he thought he was going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. In a post-crash report, the highway patrol said Garrett was driving at an “unsafe speed for the road he was traveling on.”

The highway patrol ruled out alcohol, drugs or distracted driving as causes of the accident.

One of the elite pass-rushers in the NFL, Garrett is one sack shy of passing Clay Matthews for the team’s career mark.

The Browns’ defense, plagued by miscommunication in Weeks 1 and 2, has been dealing with numerous injuries of late. Cleveland could also be without its other starting end, Jadeveon Clowney, who is listed as questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury.

Clowney sat out last week’s win over Pittsburgh because of the injury and hasn’t practiced. If he’s also out, the Browns will start rookie Alex Wright and Isaac Rochell.

Top cornerback Denzel Ward (back, ribs) and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (groin) missed practice earlier this week. Starting linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury against the Steelers. Jacob Phillips will take over for Walker.

“I don’t think there are backups in the NFL,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said. “I just think there are beginners waiting. Some of the guys are still developing and learning, but I trust them.”

Before traveling, the Browns signed tight end Miller Forristall to the active practice squad roster, and elevated defensive tackle Roderick Perry II and defensive end Curtis Weaver from the practice squad.

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