April 18, 2024

Should the Cleveland Browns sit Myles Garrett on Sunday vs. the Atlanta Falcons?


Myles Garrett was involved in a single car accident on Monday after leaving practice. Reports say that Garrett swerved to avoid hitting an animal and lost control of his vehicle after overcorrecting. When all was said and done, the car flipped several times and landed on its tires. Myles Garrett and his female passenger were examined, treated, and released after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

According to a statement released by the Cleveland Browns, Garrett suffered a bicep strain, shoulder strain, minor lacerations, bumps and bruises. What is interesting is the fact the Browns did not rule out Myles Garrett playing on Sunday vs. the Atlanta Falcons. But should they?

The Cleveland Browns released their first unofficial depth chart on Wednesday and Garrett was listed as the starting defensive end for the game.

It is easy to understand why the Cleveland Browns would want Myles Garrett to play if team doctors clear him. The Browns are dealing with ailing injuries throughout their levels of defense.

Safety Ronnie Harrison injured himself in pre-game warmups before the Pittsburgh Steelers game last Thursday Night. The team was also dealing with Anthony Walker Jr., placed on injured reserve and fellow linebacker Jerimiah Owusu-Koromoah, who left the game vs. the Steelers and did not return. There’s also no word if Jadeveon Clowney will play after missing the game last week against the Steelers and practice this week.

Simply put, the Cleveland Browns NEED Myles Garrett to play, but is it worth it in the long term?

The Browns, surprisingly enough to many, have been led and at times bailed out by the offense that Jacoby Brissett is leading as Deshaun Watson continues to serve his suspension. Brissett has played very well through three games with a QBR of 62.6 that ranks top ten, just under 600 yards passing (596), four touchdowns, and a completion percentage of 66.3 %.

I don’t see the Atlanta Falcons Defense posing much of a problem for the Browns Offense, either. The Falcons come into this game with their opponents scoring 27 points per game (27th in the NFL) and 380.7 yards allowed per game which is 11th most in the NFL.

So, at least for this week, sitting Myles Garrett should be considered, even with all the other elements on defense that signal he should probably play. I believe if Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods can get creative, the Browns Defense can do enough against a sneaky good Atlanta Falcons Offense to help the Browns win.

Of course, that means Jacoby Brissett and the rest of the Cleveland Browns Offense will have to hold up their end of the deal.

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