Myles Garrett limped off of the field during the third quarter of the game on Sunday, October 1. While the Pro-Bowl defensive end was able to return before the final whistle blew, he was seen wearing a boot in the locker room as well as to his press conference.
Reporters asked Garrett about the extent of the injury and whether he would be available for the team’s next game against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers on October 15 following the Browns’ bye week.
“I’ll be ready,” Garret said with a smile, via video posted to X by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
Injuries Mount as Browns Head to Bye Week
Injuries are beginning to define Cleveland’s 2023 season, as they did in part last year.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson missed the game Sunday with a shoulder contusion after saying on Saturday that he planned to play. Dorian Thompson-Robinson got the start in Watson’s place, finishing the afternoon 19-of-36 passing for 121 yards and 3 interceptions. Baltimore’s defense also sacked the rookie QB four times.
“Today was not it. Today was not what the picture of a No. 2 quarterback should look like,” Thompson-Robinson said during his press conference. “There’s a lot I have to clean up. I’ll leave it at that.”
Rookie right tackle Dawand Jones, who has filled in for Jack Conklin since he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1, limped off the field and into the medical tent during the fourth quarter. Linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., who missed most of last season due to a quad injury, left the game at the two-minute warning due to an issue with his right arm.
Deshaun Watson Expected to Return for Browns’ Matchup with 49ers
Before Garrett said he’ll be ready for the 49ers in Week 6, reporters asked head coach Kevin Stefanski whether he expected Watson will be healthy enough to play by then.
“I do,” Stefanski said. “I think obviously having the bye helps.”
Media members also asked Stefanski if any new issues emerged Sunday after Watson announced his intention to play the day before.
“We took it day by day,” Stefanski said. “Obviously, he did not feel comfortable to be the player we need him to be. He’s very disappointed. He wanted to go badly, but he just did not feel that he could go.”