Myles Garrett’s NFL debut has been delayed.
The Browns’ rookie defensive end and No. 1 overall pick of this year’s draft has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss several weeks, the team announced Thursday.
The Browns said Garrett’s status will be updated in a couple weeks following further evaluation and rehabilitation, though NFL Insider Ian Rapoport anticipates the injury will keep him out four to six weeks.
Mariota fractured his fibula during Tennessee’s loss to the Jaguars in Week 16 on Christmas Eve last season. Throughout the offseason, he rehabbed his leg and practiced lightly with the team’s wide receivers before making his return to the field during the preseason.
Mariota, 23, threw for 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions last year in his second NFL season before getting hurt. He added two more scores on the ground and completed 61.2 percent of his passes. With the best receiving corps he’s ever had, Mariota is in position to lead the Titans to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Hurney believes his spending several years outside the NFL will provide him with better perspective during his second stint at the helm.
“You’re a lot more calm when you’re watching it when you’re not involved,” Hurney said. “I think that I will be improved because of it. Don’t let your emotions take over and let the job consume you. There’s only one way to approach this job — that’s full speed. But I think the real good general managers approach it in a calm, analytical manner.”