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FILE - Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) stands on the field during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in Cleveland. The Browns defensive star stayed home to rest and recover from multiple injuries suffered in a frightening car crash as his status for Cleveland's game on Sunday in Atlanta remains in doubt. Garrett was not at the team's facility Wednesday, Sept.28, 2022, two days after the All-Pro rolled over his Porsche in a single-car accident on a rural road near home. He suffered a sprained shoulder, strained biceps, cuts and bruises in the wreck. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — For the first time, the Cleveland Browns didn't mind that Myles Garrett wasn't with them on the field.

The All-Pro defensive end stayed home to rest and recover Wednesday from injuries suffered in a single-car crash as his status for the Browns' game on Sunday at Atlanta remains in doubt.

Garrett was not at the team's facility two days after one of the NFL's top players flipped his Porsche when he veered off a rural road near his home following practice. He suffered a sprained shoulder, strained biceps, cuts and bruises in the wreck.

"Very, very grateful that he's OK," said Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, who has spoken to Garrett.

After rolling his car, Garrett was hospitalized for several hours. Bodycam footage from the Medina County Sheriff's Office showed him looking dazed while being treated by medical personnel as he sat on the ground near his badly damaged and overturned vehicle.

The team said Garrett cleared concussion protocol.

Stefanski expects Garrett to return Thursday and didn't rule out the possibility of him practicing. As for Sunday's game, Stefanski said Garrett will be evaluated by team doctors who will consider his physical and emotional states before clearing him.

"You take everything into account," Stefanski said. "But I think like we do with anything, it's case-by-case basis and really I've spoken to him but get to have him in the building tomorrow and talk more in-depth."

Several of Garrett's teammates expressed gratitude and relief that he wasn't more seriously hurt in the crash, which also injured an unidentified female passenger.

They saw photos of Garrett's mangled car and were stunned he was able to escape with relative good health.

"In the grand scheme of life the best thing is that's he's OK," said quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has also been in touch with Garrett. "When I texted him, I was like, ‘Man, I'm just glad you're all right.'"

Falcons coach Arthur Smith was equally relieved Garrett will be able to come back.

"It just brings you back to what's important in life," Smith said. "I don't know Myles personally. I have a lot of respect for him. But when you see that around the league, obviously it happens every day in every major city, it does hit home when you see it.

"I'm glad he and his passenger were able to just walk away. That's real life."

While the crash remains under investigation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said alcohol and drugs are not suspected.

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