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Browns star Myles Garrett gives annoying injury update after win

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Myles Garrett made it big in the late stages of the Cleveland Browns’ 23-17 overtime win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, the powerful pass rusher injured his left shoulder again and had to play through the pain to help the Browns win. Garrett initially injured his shoulder in a car accident in late September.

“It really hurt,” Garrett said in his post-game press conference. “In the beginning I almost thought I had broken something, but there is no tomorrow only in my head. I can’t focus on ‘Tomorrow I will be better or let’s focus on the next game’. There’s only the next piece, and that’s all I think about. I have to keep playing no matter how much pain I felt – pain I feel. There is only one chance for greatness. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. I just wanted it so bad. I wanted it bad for us.”

Despite barely being able to lift his arm and favoring it after the game, Garrett developed two massive strains that totaled 1.5 sacks that day. One helped the Browns get the ball back late, while the other went into overtime and ended the Bucs’ first drive in overtime.

At one point in the game, Garrett slammed his helmet onto the sidelines in pain, not frustration.

“I was in so much pain. I just wanted to take my helmet off and it only took me a second to breathe,” Garrett said. “I just needed some air, and I just knew at the end of the day this pain will come and go, but this pain of losing, this feeling that comes with losing, that will never go away. So I just wanted to be out there for my team and do what I had to do.”

Leading up to the game, Garrett was pretty clear that he wanted to defeat Tom Brady. Garrett had fired him before but wanted to know more because he knew it could be the last time he played against the legendary QB.

After the game, Garrett explained that the Bucs and Brady’s losses — which he has called the greatest of all time — should help turn the tide for Cleveland.

“It was difficult for us to win here. It feels good to win against the GOAT of the game,” Garrett said. “Hopefully this will be the start of something new for us. We will continue to play like today. We will not let each other down.”

Garrett rose to 10 sacks this season with his game against the Bucs. It’s the fifth straight season the former top pick has hauled in double-digit sacks. The only time Garrett didn’t have in his career was his rookie year, when he played in just 11 games from nine starts.

The win meant just a little more for Jacoby Brissett, who made his last start before Deshaun Watson’s return to the field after an 11-game suspension.

Garrett had enough good things to say about what Brissett brought to the team from a leadership perspective during their tough season

“I love Jacobi. He’s a damn good teammate, one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. He’s all about the team and his players,” Garrett said. “You couldn’t ask for a better teammate from anyone in the league.”

The Browns are heading into a big week with the return of Watson and will take on a struggling roster in the 1-9-1 Houston Texans.

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