As part of an official press release that was sent out on Friday morning, the Cleveland Browns announced that defensive end Myles Garrett has been placed on their reserve/COVID-19 list after submitting a positive test for coronavirus.
Here’s the Browns’ statement:
Statement from the Cleveland Browns: pic.twitter.com/egvUCCW3lk
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 20, 2020
Garret has been away from the team this week with what was initially described as an illness. Unfortunately, his positive test on Friday means he’ll miss the Browns’ Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Earlier this week, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski noted that the team is leaning on the side of caution with Garrett’s condition:
“As you can imagine, you have to be careful anytime somebody is dealing with an illness so he will not be out there,” said Stefanski on Thursday while informing reporters that Garrett wouldn’t practice, via CBS Sports. “You know how it is when guys are sick. It is not like the old days where you say, ‘Alright, come on in later in the day.’ You can’t do that.”
This is obviously a tough blow for the Browns, as Garret has been a wrecking ball. In his nine games played this season, the former Texas A&M standout has racked up 23 solo tackles, 14 quarterback hits, seven tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and a league-leading 9.5 sacks.
Whew … those are impressive numbers.
The Browns, who are 6-3 for the first time in quite a while, will try to slow down Carson Wentz and the Eagles at First Energy Stadium on Sunday without the services of Myles Garrett. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m. ET, with FOX having live broadcast coverage.