The Cleveland Browns disciplined star defensive end Myles Garrett during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, sitting him out for the game’s first defensive drive and head coach Kevin Stefanski calling it a “team decision.”
Now we know why.
According to Cleveland.com, Garrett had a miscommunication when he missed a Brown practice, leading Stefanski to penalize him. Garrett was dealing with illness last week that caused him to miss two practices, but he didn’t appear to call in sick.
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In addition to being benched on that first defensive drive, Garrett was also fined by the Browns. He would go on to tally three tackles in a 17-10 loss to New Orleans.
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Garrett has had one of his best stat sheet seasons to date, but he’s had a few bumps along the way. The biggest was the car accident he was involved in earlier this season, which led to a citation. He, too, missed some time with the Browns because of it.
Garrett has also been dealing with a shoulder injury that has some speculating if Cleveland would just shut him down for next season, as they are knocked out of playoff contention with a 6-9 record.
But Garrett has a chance in these next few games to break his career high for sacks, as he has 13.5 on the season in 14 games with 45 combined tackles (15 for loss) and two forced fumbles.
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Garrett’s career high for sacks came last season when he had 16 in 17 games. He has produced double-digit sacks in five of his six NFL seasons thus far.
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The Browns finish their regular season with the Washington Commanders on the road this week, followed by the Steelers in Pittsburgh in week 18.