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Steelers vs. Browns Week 1 Injury Report: Ankle injury could hinder Myles Garrett in NFL debut

The No. 1 overall draft pick might have to wait on his NFL debut due to an ankle injury which was sustained at Wednesday’s practice.

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When you are a No. 1 overall draft pick, you can rightfully have a little swagger about you. Myles Garrett has just that, both in how he plays and how he talks, and the time has come for him to live up to the hype which started at his post-draft press conference when he talked about enjoying his first career sack on Ben Roethlisberger.

Well, after a right ankle injury sustained in Wednesday’s practice, Garrett’s NFL debut is now a question mark.

Ankle injuries happen all the time, but how serious is this injury?

Per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com:

Garrett, the league's No. 1 pick, left Browns practice early on Wednesday with a right ankle injury and did not return. It was the first full day of preparation for the Steelers, who will play in the opener here on Sunday.

"He went as long as he could," said coach Hue Jackson, who seemed concerned it could be serious and acknowledged that Garrett's status for the opener is in doubt.

"We'll see where we are as we move through the week," he said.

Garrett will undergo further evaluation on the ankle, which will likely include an MRI.

Jackson said he didn't think it was the same ankle that Garrett injured on June 14th during minicamp. In that instance, when Cam Erving stepped on his left ankle, he suffered a lateral foot sprain that sidelined him for several weeks.

Ankle injuries happen all the time, but not ankle injuries which require an MRI. Garrett is a tremendous talent, but he relies on his speed and flexibility, especially in his lower body, to beat offensive tackles and tight ends around the edge to get to the opposing quarterback. A bad ankle will make doing so a chore, to say the least.

As for the rest of the Browns injury report, you can see it below:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OL Joe Thomas (Knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OL Joel Bitonio (Knee)
DL Myles Garrett (Ankle)
DL Nate Orchard (Groin)
DL Danny Shelton (Knee)
FB Danny Vitale (Ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DL Caleb Brantley (Finger)
WR Kenny Britt (Knee)
OL Marcus Martin (Toe)
TE Randall Telfer (Knee)