CLEVELAND ( Associated Press) — Browns defensive end Myles Garrett started off the bench in Saturday’s loss to New Orleans after coach Kevin Stefanski ruled him out for an unspecified team violation, another turn in a strange season for the star.
Garrett was not on the field for Saints’ first series and Stefanski revealed on Monday it was due to disciplinary reasons.
“Something from the team,” Stefanski said in the Zoom call, but did not provide details. “It was my decision.”
Stefanski called safety Grant Delpit a play early in the season for a team misconduct.
Garrett played most of the season with a dislocated shoulder after being involved in a high-speed car crash after practice in September.
He was shooting down the field before Saturday’s game as one of the captains, but stayed on the sidelines when New Orleans got the ball. Due to injury to Jadevone Clooney, rookies Alex Wright and Chaz Vinovich started.
Garrett played 36 of 54 snaps for the Browns (6–9), who lost 17–10 and missed the post-season.
While it’s not uncommon for players to be penalized, the fact that Stefanski decided to sideline their best defensive player – and team leader – for some time in the biggest matchup of the season is a worrying development for the 21-member franchise. signal. 24 years.
Garrett played well with 13 1/2 sacks.
Stefanski indicated he hasn’t discussed the possibility of ruling him out for the last two games against Washington and Pittsburgh. The 26-year-old insists he will be at those matches.