Myles Garrett diagnosed with high ankle sprain

Myles Garrett diagnosed with high ankle sprain
Posted at 5:30 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 08:47:46-04

Myles Garrett's big plans to sack Ben Roethlisberger in the season opener may be on hold.

Garrett has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, according to the Cleveland Browns. His status will be updated in a couple weeks.

At this point, everything's suddenly in question.

Cleveland's rookie defensive end, who has lived up to enormous expectations as the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft, sustained an ankle injury Wednesday, leaving his status for Sunday's opener against Pittsburgh in doubt.

Coach Hue Jackson opened his news briefing by saying Garrett "was limited today with an ankle," but he did not provide any specifics about the injury other than to say the 21-year-old did not finish practice

"He went as long as he could," Jackson said.

Jackson was evasive when asked about his level of concern for Garrett, who got hurt on the first full practice of Steelers week.

"I don't want to make medical decisions. I am not very good at them so we will see where we are as we move through the week."

Jackson refused to elaborate on Garrett's condition, how he hurt his ankle or at what point it occurred during the workout.

"He was out there at practice. Obviously, he didn't finish practice so let's just leave it at that," he said. "He didn't finish today so we will see where we are."

Jackson declined to answer further questions about Garrett as he left the podium.

If serious, the injury would be devastating for the Browns, who are counting on the 6-foot-4, 272-pounder to improve a defense that ranked 31st overall last season.

Earlier in the day, Garrett didn't back down from comments about wanting to sack Roethlisberger in his first game. Now, that chance may have to wait as he recovers from another injury.

Garrett suffered what he feared was a serious left foot sprain during the spring, but he didn't miss the start of training camp and has dazzled with his speed and strength.

During his junior season at Texas A&M, Garrett was severely limited with a left ankle injury.