Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski decided to rip the bandage off quickly on Monday, announcing that defensive end Myles Garrett will be out for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It will be the second consecutive game that Garrett will miss after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.
The Browns survived Garrett’s absence on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles as the defense rose up to sack Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz five times, including three by defensive end Olivier Vernon.
They should be able to get by against the Jaguars as well as Jacksonville has allowed 30 sacks on the season.
Even if the defensive line holds up for another week without Garrett, the secondary is now dealing with injury issues.
Safety Ronnie Harrison left the game against the Eagles after injuring his knee in the first quarter. He underwent an MRI on Monday, and while he escaped any serious damage, he is now day-to-day with a knee contusion. Stefanski is “hopeful” that Harrison can go against the Jaguars, according to clevelandbrowns.com.
Cornerback Denzel Ward, coming off his best game of the season, will also undergo an MRI after suffering a calf injury on Sunday. Stefanski said the team will wait to determine Ward’s status, but right guard Wyatt Teller did miss three full games after injuring his calf against the Indianapolis Colts.
That does not mean Ward suffered the same level of injury as Teller, of course, but it is something worth keeping in mind.
Finally, safety Sheldrick Redwine, who filled in after Harrison was injured, is now also day-to-day after suffering a knee injury against the Eagles.
The Browns have a solid opportunity to beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville for the first time since 2008 and keep their playoff run on track.
Hopefully the injuries hitting the defense does not derail the Browns this weekend.