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Myles Garrett feels ‘pop’ in left shoulder, will get MRI on Monday, hopes to keep playing

DENVER — Nothing about the scene in the postgame locker room was good.

Defensive end Myles Garrett kept his left arm at his side as motionless as possible. He needed help to put his shirt on and winced when the arm went into the sleeve. The arm was then put into a sling.

Garrett said he “felt a pop” in the shoulder Sunday during a run play in the 29-12 loss to the Broncos. He didn’t remember the exact play but was in and out of the lineup after.

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“I’m not going to come out unless it’s already falling off,” he said. “I want to win just as much as the rest of these guys. I see the determination in their faces every time we go out there. And I’m not here to let them down. I’m giving them every ounce I’ve got. I don’t care how I’m feeling.”

He vowed to continue to play through the injury if at all possible and will get an MRI on Monday in Los Angeles. The team is staying there this week before playing the Rams next Sunday.

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He described when he got hurt.

“Just trying to snatch off the block I remember it just making a little pop,” Garrett said.

A pop can mean a serious injury, but Garrett wasn’t ready to go there.

“I don’t know what it’ll be,” he said. “That’s what the exams are for.”

Garrett mentioned a sore shoulder during an interview Friday and was asked if this is the same shoulder or a new injury.

“Might be about the same,” he said. “Looking like it now.”

Garrett was held without a sack and at 13 is a half-sack behind Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt for the league lead. Garrett entered the weekend No. 1 in sacks and the favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year. The two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler is having perhaps his best season and was asked how hard it is to even have the uncertainty about his ability to play moving forward.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ve played through things that should’ve sidelined me before and I’m going to continue to fight and I’ll do what’s best for the team and for myself. But we have high hopes for this season and what we want to do. And nothing like this is going to hold us back or me back. We’re going to find a way to win.

“I’m going to do what’s legal and ethical and I’ll be out there to play it if that’s the right thing to do.”

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Last year Garrett played through left shoulder and right biceps injuries sustained in a one-car crash. He missed the Week 4 game but returned to finish the season, tying his franchise record with 16 sacks.

He didn’t remember the play in question Sunday but walked straight off the field after chasing scrambling Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson late in the first quarter. Garrett went through two blockers.

Defensive end Ogbo Okoronkwo sat at his locker nearby and asked if Garrett need help with anything. He expects Garrett to continue to be available.

“I’m not worried. He’s going to rub some dirt on it,” Okoronkwo said. “He’ll be OK. He’ll be back benching 600 pounds again. I’m not worried about Myles at all.

“Myles will do whatever it takes to win. Just like me. We really love winning and I know that I can depend on him, he knows he can depend on me. If we have an able body, we’re going to be out there.”

The No. 1-ranked defense didn’t get much help from the offense, especially with three turnovers, but it allowed Denver to go on two 80-yard touchdown drives within the first 19 minutes as the Browns fell behind 14-0. It had two penalties on each of the drives, allowed the Broncos to convert six of 14 third-down chances (42.9 percent), gave up a couple of big passing plays and allowed 169 rushing yards. Wilson got the Browns for 34 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts, fooling them on zone read plays.

“We didn’t dominate up front as we usually have,” Garrett said. “There was a little bit of leakiness to our game. I think we made some hits on the line or behind the line, but they were still able to make those into positive gains. And then they were just having success running the ball on the edges, Russ pulling it on the zone reads. Things that we weren’t particularly expecting, but they came out and did it and did it well.”

Garrett didn’t want to dismiss the defeat, which broke a three-game winning streak and dropped the Browns to 7-4.

“We got beat. We got to out-executed,” he said. “Don’t try to push this one away. Accept it, take it all in. This is one that you have to be able to digest and analyze and see how you can overcome. Trying to push it away and act like it didn’t happen doesn’t make you a better team. You have to be able to use this as fuel, use it as a way to get better.”

The Browns are trying to finish a run to the playoffs but continue to be hit with significant injuries. Quarterback Deshaun Watson, running back Nick Chubb and right tackle Jack Conklin were already done for the season, and rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson left late in the third quarter Sunday with a concussion and receiver Amari Cooper exited in the fourth quarter with a rib injury, although X-rays were negative.

“The game’s not going to stop for anybody. Not for me or anybody else who’s gotten injured,” Garrett said. “And those guys that are behind the playmakers that have gotten injured, gotten hurt, they’re licking their chops to be that next guy, to make those plays, to make a name for themselves. And that’s what Coach has always been about. Giving everyone an opportunity to make plays during the week, knowing what you’re supposed to do, practicing and when it comes, you got to be ready for your moment and guys are ready to shine.

“And stuff like this lets you know that at any given time you can have your name called and you have to be ready to play, you have to be ready to make those plays to win the game.”

 

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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