Garrett returns to the Browns, cited for speeding after accident

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns All-Pro Myles Garrett returned to team headquarters Thursday after crashing his car earlier this week when police said he lost control while speeding down a country road after practice.

Garrett swerved his Porsche off the mountain road near his home a few hours after practice Monday, flipping the vehicle and hitting a fire hydrant. The defensive end suffered a sprained shoulder, strained biceps and multiple cuts and bruises from the accident.

On Thursday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol cited Garrett for speeding, saying he was going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.

According to the accident report, Garrett, who had a woman as a passenger in his car, told an officer he was speeding up the hill when he saw a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, but did not make any maneuvers to avoid a crash. . .

The officer said Garrett couldn’t remember exactly how he went off the road.

A witness at the scene told the highway patrol that they “came flying down the hill, flew, took out the fire hydrant and rolled three times.”

Garrett and his 23-year-old passenger were taken to Akron General Hospital for emergency care. The highway patrol said the passenger suffered a minor head injury. Both were released a few hours later.

Garrett has a history of speeding. He was cited on consecutive days in Medina County last year for driving 120 mph. In the second case, he paid a fine in which the speed was changed to 99 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Garrett has not yet been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Coach Kevin Stefanski said team doctors would evaluate Garrett before practice or play. The Browns (2-1) are missing several defensive starters due to injuries as they prepare for the Falcons (1-2).

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On Wednesday, Stefanski and several of Garrett’s teammates offered their gratitude and relief that he wasn’t more seriously injured.

“Something like that happens, it’s terrifying to anybody,” safety John Johnson III said. “But I heard he had his seat belt on. I don’t know if that helped or not, but it was fine. I’m just glad he got out of there clean.”

Garrett, the first overall pick in 2017, needs a sack to pass Clay Matthews (62) for the team’s career record.

The Browns, who had an extended layoff after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday, are dealing with a series of injuries to their defense. Along with Garrett, flanker Jadeveon Clowney (ankle), cornerback Denzel Ward (back, ribs), linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (groin) and tackle Taven Bryan (hamstring) were also left out.

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