The Browns and Myles Garrett can exhale.
After getting a second opinion from foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, Garrett was diagnosed with a lateral foot sprain, a team spokesman announced Saturday.
Garrett, the No. 1 pick in April, is expected to be ready for training camp.
Garrett, a 6-foot-4½, 272-pound defensive end from Texas A&M, injured his left foot Wednesday during minicamp practice. After blowing past the left tackle for a sack of Brock Osweiler, Garrett dropped to the ground and grabbed the bottom of his foot. He eventually limped off the field and didn’t practice again.
He missed practice Thursday on the final day of minicamp and was evaluated by head team physician Dr. James Voos. Anderson, a renowned physician from North Carolina, then confirmed the diagnosis.
Garrett was spotted in a walking boot Friday at the airport.
The Browns are counting on Garrett to improve a defense that ranked 31st overall last year and tied for 30th with 26 sacks. He runs a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, has a 41-inch vertical jump and can dip his shoulder to turn the corner and get to the quarterback.
He was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and two-time All-American in three years at Texas A&M. He totaled 145 tackles, 48.5 tackles for loss, 32.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
“He’s done a great job,” defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said Thursday. “It’s still way early, but you guys are going to see a pretty good football player when he gets a chance to get out there and go. I’ve got a big smile on my face, I’m just waiting to let him show everybody before I talk about him.”
Garrett, who signed a four-year, $30.4 million guaranteed contract, wasn’t able to show his talent consistently during the offseason program. He was limited by what Cleveland.com reported as a sore foot, often practicing every other day during organized team activities.
He was still slowed during minicamp, as he didn’t participate much in team drills Wednesday before going down. He missed time during his final season at Texas A&M with a high left ankle sprain.
Garrett and the Browns are hoping the six weeks before training camp will allow the foot to heal completely, so he can do what the Browns drafted him to do.
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