The Cleveland Browns received more bad injury news this week when rookie defensive end Myles Garrett, the first-overall pick of the 2017 draft, reportedly arrived at team facilities on Tuesday morning with suspected concussion symptoms.
Garrett voluntarily disclosed his injury, was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol and is considered “day to day” ahead of the Browns’ Week 8 matchup in London, England against the Minnesota Vikings. Garrett was a non-participant in Wednesday’s practice; the team leaves late in the day on Thursday and it’s unknown if Garrett will make the trip though he is medically cleared to travel.
Garrett had already missed the first four games of the season with a high-ankle sprain but had been impressive in the past three weeks, totaling four sacks—which leads the team—and as a result being graded as Pro Football Focus’ most productive pass-rusher since Week 5. He also had 11 tackles, including one for a loss.
Garrett’s injury comes on the heels of the Browns losing left tackle Joe Thomas to a season-ending triceps tear. And while Garrett is certainly not the kind of proven, veteran talent as Thomas he still showed why he was worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in April. Losing him on defense, again, is a blow to a team that is still seeking its first win of the season.