BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett returned to the team’s practice facility on Thursday, days after being involved in a car accident in which he was driving fast on a highway. country.
Driving his Porsche on Monday, hours after taking part in a training session, Garrett was the victim of a road accident near his home, during which he hit a fire hydrant and overturned his car.
He suffered a sprained shoulder, a pulled bicep and several cuts and bruises.
Garrett has yet to be kicked out of Sunday’s game in Atlanta. On Thursday, he met the team doctors for an evaluation. He was not with his teammates during the portion of training open to journalists.
Also on Thursday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol cited Garrett for speeding, saying he was traveling 65 mph (104 km/h) in a 45 mph (72 km/h) zone. h).
According to the accident report, Garrett, who was accompanied by a lady, told an officer that he was speeding up a hill when he saw an oncoming vehicle, but did not action to avoid an accident.
The officer said Garrett did not remember exactly how he got off the road.
According to what a witness to the scene told highway patrol, Garrett’s vehicle rolled over the hill at high speed, was thrown through the air, ripped off the fire hydrant and rolled over three times.
Garrett and the 23-year-old were taken to Akron General Hospital for emergency treatment. Highway Patrol said the passenger suffered a minor head injury. They were both discharged a few hours later.
Garrett has a history of speeding. Last year, he was ticketed two days in a row in Medina County for driving 120 mph (192 km/h). In the second case, he paid a ticket in which the speed was changed to 99 mph (158 km/h) in a 70 mph (112 km/h) zone.
On Wednesday, head coach Kevin Stefanski said Garrett will be carefully evaluated before a decision is made on whether to play in the next game. With 14 games left on the schedule, the Browns are likely to err on the side of caution.
In addition to Garrett, the Browns (2-1), who are preparing to face the Falcons (1-2), are without several regular players from their defensive unit due to injuries.
Over the past two days, several of Garrett’s teammates and members of the coaching staff expressed their gratitude and relief that he was not more seriously injured.
Cornerback Greg Newsome II spoke to Garrett upon his return.
« He just seemed happy to be able to see us all again, » Newsome said. I told him, ‘I love you, I’m glad you’re here’. We’re definitely going to be there for him, no matter what he needs, and we can’t wait to see him healthy again. »
Star guard Joel Bitonio, one of the team’s captains, said the incident involving Garrett can serve as a reminder to players to be careful.
« First and foremost, we’re just happy to see that overall he’s okay, » said Bitonio.
“He was here today and we got to see him a bit. ‘Coach’ Stefanski just insisted that we have to be careful driving, on the roads, and things like that. »
Garrett needs a sack to pass Clay Matthews (62) for the team record.