CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns not only managed without star Myles Garrett for one game, they won.
They'll have to try to do it again.
The dynamic end will miss this week's game against Jacksonville as he continues to recover from the COVID-19 virus. Garrett tested positive last Friday and sat out Sunday's 22-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
He'll remain on the COVID list this week and won't play against the Jaguars (1-9).
Coach Kevin Stefanski did not provide any details on Garrett's condition Monday other than saying the team is adhering to the intensive protocols put in place by the league and players' union on the virus and the 24-year old will not be cleared in time to face the Jaguars.
“We’re ruling him out because that’s what the protocols call for," Stefanski said. "We’re just following the rules and will continue to do so.”
Garrett has 9 1/2 sacks and has been among the NFL's best defensive players all season. He has four strip sacks and made numerous game-swinging plays while helping the Browns (7-3) toward their best 10-game record since 1994.
Cleveland is going for its first playoff spot since 2002.