Cleveland Browns’ top defender Myles Garrett out after positive coronavirus test
CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett has been slowed down just when the Browns need him most.
Cleveland’s dynamic star defensive end and the NFL’s leader in sacks will miss Sunday’s game against Philadelphia — and maybe more — after testing positive for COVID-19, dealing the Browns (6-3) a major blow as they try to end an 18-year playoff drought.
According to league rules, a player who tests positive for coronavirus can’t return to the team until at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, plus at least 24 hours after symptoms have passed.
Garrett stayed home from practice Wednesday and Thursday as he was showing symptoms. After facing the Eagles (3-5-1), the Browns visit Jacksonville on Nov. 29.
Garrett, who has 9 1/2 sacks and made a major play in each of Cleveland’s wins, won’t get a chance to pad his stats against an Eagles offensive line that has allowed QB Carson Wentz to be sacked a league-leading 35 times.