Myles Garrett hesitated to report his concussion symptoms to the Browns, but the rookie defensive end thought about the children he hopes to have one day and changed his mind. “It doesn’t really bother me what other people say, whether I’m being a man or not,” Garrett said Tuesday after being cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol and returning to practice. “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.” Garrett suffered a concussion Oct. 22 in a 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans but can’t pinpoint a specific play on which the injury occurred. When he went to dinner that night with family members, they told him he didn’t seem normal. He said he didn’t have an appetite and experienced a headache, dizziness and nausea. “I had none of those symptoms during the game,” Garrett said. “I didn’t feel that way. It was just as the night progressed, I kind of started feeling that way.” But Garrett waited until two days after the game to tell the Browns, whereupon the team placed him into the league’s concussion protocol. “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.
Myles Garrett’s desire to become a dad prompted him to report concussion
Akron Beacon Journal | Nov 1