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“Still doing breathing treatments and still doing conditioning on my own. But I’m feeling better each day. I’m not sure how long it’s going to take for me to feel completely 100 with my wind, physically. Speaking strength-wise, I feel normal. It’s just about trying not to gas out too early, trying to pace myself knowing that it can jump on me rather quickly.”
Garrett was activated Dec. 1 and has played in the Browns’ last two contests.
The Browns appeared to play it safe with Garrett’s Week 13 return, using him on just 72 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, per Pro Football Reference, his second-lowest mark of the season. That ramped back up to 90 percent of Cleveland’s defensive snaps last week.
The 24-year-old also discussed the importance of taking the virus seriously:
“There’s cases of people having mental illnesses just as an effect of COVID. Heart problems, lung issues, being hospitalized for days and weeks on end. There’s so many things that come with being diagnosed with COVID, testing positive for COVID. You have to take it seriously. This is something that’s going to stay with you for a while—you don’t know how long. … I don’t think anybody should think they’re bulletproof, or just because you’re asymptomatic that it won’t have any effect on you down the line. It’s just something that nobody’s ever seen before.”
The Texas A&M product is expected to take the field again in Week 15 when the Browns visit the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.