BEREA, Ohio — Myles Garrett would rather make bags than snow angels.
The NFL’s decision to move the Browns’ Sunday game from Buffalo to Detroit due to a monstrous winter storm didn’t bother Cleveland’s All-Pro defensive end at all.
He is happy to leave his shovel at home.
“It benefits everyone that we’re not playing in the snow,” Garrett said Friday. “As fun as it can be as kids, we get overpaid for sliding and sliding and trying to make games and trying to do what we regularly do when we’re in 3 feet of snow.”
There has been a sea change in the past 24 hours for the Browns (3-6), who have had a disappointing season so far and are desperate to keep weak playoff hopefuls from completely fading. .
Instead of facing the Bills (6-3), their high-octane offense and the over-excited Buffalo crowd outside in gusty winds and biting cold, the Browns will be warm and toasty at inside Ford Field, home of the Lions – which could be filled with more Cleveland fans due to the shorter route.
This may not be the league’s intended neutral site.
“I’m as curious as anyone about what it’s going to look like, who’s going to be in that stadium and how full it’s going to be,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “We are ready for the silent count. Obviously, we’ve been practicing silent counting all week.
“We have to get there on Sunday and see what it looks like. Obviously, I’d like as many people in brown and orange as possible, but I’m as curious as anyone to see exactly how many people are in there.
Seeking to prevent their season from going further south, the Browns will travel west by bus and then north to Michigan on Saturday before the game, which was moved Thursday for security reasons.
At this point, the Bills’ arrival time in Detroit is unclear. They canceled practice on Friday and met virtually, but some players were unable to participate after losing power as the snow piled up.
With swirls of snow at their facility, the Browns practiced inside their home turf to better replicate the conditions they’ll face in Detroit.
There was a hiccup during practice when starting cornerback Greg Newsome II suffered a concussion after colliding with an unidentified teammate. The Browns said he was placed under protocol and will miss Sunday’s game.
It’s another blow for Newsome, who started all nine games. Last year, he suffered a concussion when he fell and hit his head on the turf during the last play of a Friday practice before the Browns played Baltimore. He missed three games.
“It happens,” Stefanski said. “You’re going full speed ahead.”
Losing Newsome is a blow to Cleveland’s already-suspect defense, which will have its hands full with Bills quarterback Josh Allen and his team of talented wide receivers. Stefanski said a weekend injury is never easy.
“It’s happened before,” he said. “As we talked about, sometimes you get injured before the game and you get injured in the first or third quarter or at the start of the week and at the end of the week. You just have to adapt. »
It’s been another week of adjustments for the Browns, who are coming off an atrocious performance last Sunday in Miami. The Dolphins rushed for 195 yards as Cleveland’s defensive front was pushed all over the field.
The pitiful performance prompted questions about staff, training and effort.
Garrett said it was up to the 11 defenders to stop the run.
“It’s always a matter of desire, who wants to push themselves and really play,” he said. “It’s usually you against another man, sometimes a double team among the inside, but once that guy comes out, you have to push to finish and get in there and make that game no matter what. “
This week, however, the main focus is on putting pressure on Allen and containing the dual-threat quarterback capable of making big plays on the ground or in the air. Allen has been subject to turnover lately with six interceptions over the past three weeks.
After last weekend’s loss, Garrett was confident the Browns could salvage their season with wins at Buffalo and at home against Tampa Bay.
Although a location has changed, Garrett said the mission remains the same.
“Still very confident to go to Detroit and get this win,” he said.
NOTES: The Browns pick up two showpieces. TE David Njoku said he will play after missing the last two games with a sprained ankle, and LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was cleared after missing two games with a knee injury . … RT Jack Conklin and his wife welcomed their third child this week. Their son, Crew, was born five weeks early but is doing well. “It’s been an exciting week in every way,” he said.