BEREA — No. 1 pick Myles Garrett was crushed he wasn’t able to play Sunday in the season opener.
He felt worse when he saw Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger standing comfortably in the pocket. Garrett’s goal since he was drafted in April was to take down Roethlisberger, but with him sidelined with a high ankle sprain the Browns managed just one sack — the only quarterback hit — in a 21-18 loss.
“It’s rough, but when I come back I’m going to be a boost to my defense,” Garrett, a right defensive end, said Monday in the locker room with a walking boot on his right leg. “I’m going to do whatever I can to make a difference.
“We can stop the run. We can go out there and stand firm against anybody. We have to get after the passer a little bit more and we have to get some more sacks and a little bit more disruption and pressure back there, and I feel I can help.”
Garrett suffered the injury Wednesday in practice when a teammate fell into his leg. He will also miss this week’s game in Baltimore and likely more.
“It is feeling better, and I’ll just be back as soon as possible,” he said.
He had a high left ankle sprain last season at Texas A&M, missed two games and wasn’t the same when he returned. He said this sprain isn’t as severe but he has to guard against not rushing back before the leg is ready.
“Me knowing myself, I want to get out there as soon as possible,” he said. “I want to test my limits. I want to go out there and play right away. But I know I’ll be hurting the team and myself if I go out there too soon.”
Garrett, who headed to a meeting after the interview, spends a lot of time rehabbing.
“So if I’m not doing that, I’m trying to get some upper body (work) or a little bit of conditioning, just whatever I can to keep my body in shape,” he said. “Then when I’m not doing that, watching film on the next opponent, trying to get my guys ready. Because if I can’t play, I’ve got to make sure they have full knowledge of who they’re going up against.”
Carl Nassib started in place of Garrett and had the sack.