Browns Defensive End With an injured groin, Myles Garrett plays through the loss: ‘I’m going to go out there until I can’t anymore.’
With their roster already reduced by COVID-19, the Cleveland Browns saw another potentially big issue emerge.
During the second half of the Browns’ eventual 16-14 defeat against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday, Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett clutched his groin. Despite a painful groin, Garrett never left the game and said categorically that he would not miss any time in the future.
“It was difficult, and it hurt,” Garrett added, “but everyone hurts.” “I don’t want to claim to be exceptional. Everyone is going through a difficult time. You’re either going to have to murder me or break my leg to get me off the field. You’ll have to take me out altogether, because I’m going to stay out there till I can’t anymore.”
Garrett recorded three tackles, including one for a loss, despite not being able to add to his season total of 15 sacks. Despite having 19 players on the active roster on the reserve/COVID-19 list, he contributed to an amazing defensive effort that kept the Browns close to the Raiders.
The former No. 1 overall selection found the long odds to be rather enticing.
Garrett, who was chosen to his third Pro Bowl earlier in the day, said, “It was challenging, but I can’t lie, I was thrilled before the game to confront another challenge.”
The Browns seemed to be up to the task until Raiders quarterback Derek Carr led Las Vegas down into field goal range for Daniel Carlson’s game-winning kick, which appeared to barely miss Garrett’s extended paw.
Garrett’s presence in the game at that moment was a little unexpected. At the conclusion of a Raiders drive in the third quarter, Garrett could be seen grabbing the inside of his right leg. He then proceeded to the Browns’ medical tent.
On the next drive, Garrett exited from the tent and returned to the field without missing a play. He was, however, spotted favoring one leg and limping. But he persisted, just like he is pleading with his Browns to do.
Cleveland’s playoff hopes have taken a knock as a result of the loss, but given the AFC North’s tumultuous nature, it may swiftly rise from the ashes and rejoin the fray. The Browns (7-7) would have taken first place in the AFC North if they had defeated the Raiders, but their loss dropped them to fourth place in the division and 12th place in the conference. A victory in Week 16 would make a huge difference.
The AFC North is still “totally up for grabs,” Garrett added. “All you have to do now is keep working and winning. The aim remains the same: to win. If we accomplish the things we need to do, destiny will still be on our side.”
Garrett and the Browns are scheduled back in action on a short week to play the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Saturday, so there is no rest for the weary. They’ll have five days to get their act together, get fit, and prepare.
“It hurts. I mean, everyone has to play through pain, injury, and other setbacks “Garrett expressed his dissatisfaction with his injury. “Everyone is coping with a problem. I’m not sorry for myself, and I don’t want anybody else to be sorry for me. I’ve got to get my act together and be ready for Christmas Day; I’ve got another game to play.”