The Cleveland Browns will be missing the most important part of their defense when they visit the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. The Browns announced Saturday afternoon that defensive end Myles Garrett has been ruled out for this weekend's festivities.
Garrett suffered shoulder and biceps strains when he was involved in a single-car accident earlier this week. Both he and his passenger's injuries could've been much worse considering the shape of his car, however, he'll need a bit more time before he's in football shape.
Myles Garrett Injury Update
Garrett's status shouldn't come as much of a surprise after he didn't practice at all following his accident. Still, his absence will be felt as the three-time Pro-Bowler leads his teammates this season with three sacks and five quarterback hits while also being tied for first with four tackles for a loss.
Unfortunately, Garrett might not be the only key defender missing from Cleveland's Week 4 lineup. Insider Kevin Knight reports that starting defensive tackle Taven Bryan (hamstring) won't play against the Falcons either, while DE Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) is questionable.
When the Browns-Falcons odds first opened this week, Cleveland was the 3-point favorite over Atlanta. Following the latest news, the spread has dropped to 1.5 points in the Browns' favor, according to NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Falcons are far from an amazing team, but clearly there's more of a realistic chance to shock the Browns than before. Only time will tell if Cleveland's second-string defenders can step up in the face of adversity to deliver a road win.
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