Browns DE Myles Garrett dealing with COVID-19 after effects, had coughing fit in locker room
Cleveland Brown's defensive end, Myles Garrett, knows firsthand the seriousness of COVID-19. He knows he missed two games in November after contracting the virus, but it goes beyond that. He's still preoccupied with the aftermath that affected him on the field.
Garrett is not yet 100 percent healthy
After the Browns' 20-6 win over the New York Giants on Sunday night in which he had half a sack, Garrett told the media that his lungs were a problem. He appeared on Zoom to answer questions shortly after saying he had a coughing fit in the locker room.
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“I just got over a coughing fit in the locker room. I'm trying to get some water into my system and be able to breathe, ”Garrett said at Zoom. “Taking those deep, big breaths is difficult right now with the shortness of breath and what turns into a cough or choking.
“You just have to find a way. It's about desire. No matter how I feel, I have to do something in the field and if I get off of it I might go to someone and try to work with someone.
"If we make it to the playoffs, hopefully I can try to get as close to 100 [% healthy] as possible."
Long-term effects of COVID-19 are still being researched
Brown's DE Myles Garrett looks at the long-term effects of COVID-19. (Photo by Jason Miller / Getty Images)
All long-term effects of COVID-19 are not yet known and are being actively researched. You can continue to experience COVID-19 symptoms even after you recover, according to the CDC. These include fatigue, shortness of breath, and coughing that are consistent with what Garrett is still experiencing.
"It has been known to affect your lungs and I need those in order to be out there and give my full effort," Garrett said of the Akron Beacon Journal. “It's hard to want to make a move or to do something that you know will use up a lot of energy when you know you have to do it the next game and the next. Sometimes it kind of throws off what I'm doing. But I just have to go out there and let it happen, and today we did it.
“But it's tough. I try not to think about it during the game. I'm just trying to make sure I get as much oxygen as possible and keep rolling. "
Garrett told the media on Friday that even after three weeks of clearance, he's still doing breathing treatments four times a day and doesn't know when he'll be feeling 100 percent healthy again.
Mayfield is proud of Garrett for struggling through problems
Brown's quarterback Baker Mayfield has been watching his teammates battle these issues so he can stay on the field and make a positive contribution to the team. He was more than impressed with Garrett's tenacity.
"Obviously, Myles continues to lead us," Mayfield said of the Akron Beacon Journal. "He's our Walter Payton Man of the Year for our team." He's an extremely good leader on and off the field. Of course, his piece speaks for itself, but he wants to be out there whenever he can.
"No matter what happens, 100% or not, he wants to be out there. He's the best pass-rusher in the league and people are always trying to beat him, double him up and stop him from playing games , but he continues to work extremely hard. We are proud to have him on our team. "
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