The Browns #1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft might be out for week 1 against the Steelers due to a sprained ankle. Today at practice Garrett tweaked his ankle and now it looks as if he might miss the first game of the season. Does it ever get better for these poor Browns fans? They already have next to nothing to look forward to, they've accepted the fact that they're going to have their 100th losing season in a row, however they were looking forward to watching their young star show what he's capable of. Now, that might even get taken away from them. What a miserable team to root for. Honestly, if I'm a member of the Browns organization I sit out Myles Garrett for week 1. What's the point of sending him out there if he's not at full strength. It's a situation that can only end badly.
Best case scenario, Myles Garrett says he feels fine, but clearly isn't at 100% because his ankle can't just magically heal in 3 days. He goes out has a solid effort, does what he is supposed to, and doesn't get hurt. That would be the ideal situation for Brown fans. Now, let's look at the worst case scenario. Garrett plays on the bum ankle, injures it even more, and has to miss more time cutting into valuable developmental time early in his young career. Another scenario that can play out is he plays on the bum ankle, continues to re-aggravate it to the point where he can still play on it, but it slows down the healing process. Then, his production isn't what it's supposed to be because he's playing through an injury, and now he's hurting his own confidence as a football player and the fans along with the local media get the bust talk rolling. Let's be honest, it's only going to take a few bad games for bust talk to start gaining traction in Cleveland. That franchises fan base is so accustomed to let downs and bad breaks that they probably have already prepared themselves and are anticipating him to be the next great bust.
There's few reasons to play Garrett and a whole lot of reasons not to, so I hope the Browns make the right decision. Knowing them though, they'll play Garrett anyways because they need something to use as a selling point to draw a crowd, although I feel like their fan base is loyal enough and smart enough to know rushing him onto the field is the wrong move. We'll just have to wait and see what the Browns decide to do. Then, I can rip into them after they make their next awful decision hurting the franchise in typical Browns fashion. If they end up by some miracle doing the right thing, that'll be a great sign for Brown fans because it'll mean the culture is finally changing in Cleveland. Let's not get ahead of ourselves now, so let's just wait and see.