Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has no regrets about self-reporting the concussion that kept him out of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in London.
Myles Garrett said he was hesitant to report concussion symptoms after suffering a head injury during a loss to the Tennessee Titans, but after considering how this could affect his future he did the right thing and brought the symptoms to his team’s attention.
“It doesn’t really bother me what other people say, whether I’m being a man or not,” Garrett said after being cleared from concussion protocol. “I want to have kids one day, and I want to be able to take care of them how I see fit.
“I don’t want to be constricted by my playing and how football has affected my mind. I’ll play through anything. I’ll play through my foot, my arm, anything that’s affecting me below my neck, because I can’t play around with my brain.”
Myles Garrett who missed Sunday’s game against the Vikings in London, said he did not experience the typical concussion symptoms such as loss of appetite, headaches, dizziness, and nausea during the game, but these did appear later that evening and his family did notice he was acting strange.
“I did (hesitate) because I really wanted to play,” he said. “I didn’t want to have something like that be a hindrance to me or my team, so once I still felt it that second day, so on Tuesday, I really felt like I should say something.
“You can deal with a thumb or an arm or a back or a leg. But messing with your mind and allowing those kind of things to carry on, that can do harm for a long time.”
Garrett did return to practice Tuesday. This was his third concussion, he also had one in high school and one at Texas A&M.