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Browns DE Myles Garrett on experience with COVID-19: ‘It kicked my butt’

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was off to perhaps the best start of his career in 2020. That is, before COVID-19 intervened.

Garrett has missed each of the Browns’ last two games after contracting the virus, and he revealed to the media on Friday he had fever and suffered from body aches while also losing his sense of smell.

The former No. 1 pick admitted he was in rough physical condition while he was ill:

“I was in pain. It wasn’t great,” the Browns DE said, via TMZ. “It kicked my butt … Now I’m back.”

Myles Garrett added he does not believe there will be any drop in production, and he is confident he has gotten himself back into shape. He did acknowledge his fear about the long-term effects of the virus, but he also said he is meeting with doctors regularly.

The 24-year-old was one of the most menacing pass rushers in football prior to being sidelined. Garrett racked up 9.5 sacks in his first nine games with the Browns this 2020, all while already setting a career-high with four forced fumbles and notching 14 quarterback hits.

Fortunately for Garrett, the Browns have managed to hold steady without him on the field. Cleveland forced three turnovers in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11, then–despite allowing nearly 400 yards of total offense–got past the Jacksonville Jaguars the following week after the Jags mounted a furious fourth-quarter rally.

At 8-3, the Browns find themselves in second in the AFC North and in prime position to earn a playoff spot. Cleveland will hope Garrett can get right back into form as they take on Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans this weekend.