Jake TrotterESPN Staff Writer3 minute read
BELLAIR, Ohio — Miles Garrett said he has “retired” from participating in future Pro Bowl games after dislocating his right big toe during an event in February.
Garrett said Tuesday that the toe injury he received still haunts him when he and the Browns begin their voluntary offseason program at Verrier.
Garrett was injured while racing Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Barnes on an obstacle course in Las Vegas as part of the Pro Bowl’s reimagined format.
“Obstacle course running from the police,” said Garrett. “Jump over walls and fences. It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Garrett said his right foot was numb after hitting his big toe against the first wall he jumped. He then put his toe back in place and did not require surgery, but admitted the injury was “nagging”, especially when planting or cutting.
“It’s just frustrating,” he said. “But I don’t think that will be an issue by the time the season rolls around.”
Garrett suggested replacing the obstacle course and other games at the Pro Bowl with events involving fans and players on the field.
“We play with the fans,” he said.
Garrett, 27, tied the team’s one-season sack record with 16 sacks despite playing through a shoulder sprain he sustained in a car crash after practice last September. Garrett said at least his shoulder is finally feeling better.
Browns teammate Amari Cooper is also recovering from injury. The wide receiver underwent surgery in February to repair a core muscle injury that plagued him in the final weeks of last season. , led the Browns with 1,160 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
“My recovery has gone well. I feel like I’m where I should be,” Cooper said. ”