BEREA: Myles Garrett’s right ankle is sore and he’s fighting a cold, but the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft still looked dominant Thursday when he returned to practice.

“There was one time where he came right off the edge, dusted the tackle and it would have been a sack if we were allowed to touch the quarterbacks in practice,” linebacker Joe Schobert said.

Garrett practiced for the first time since suffering the right high ankle sprain Sept. 6 that forced him to miss the first three games of the season.

Although Garrett was listed as a limited participant on the injury report, coach Hue Jackson revealed he participated in team drills. It’s a sign he could make his NFL regular-season debut Sunday when the Browns (0-3) host the Cincinnati Bengals (0-3).

“It will be a lot of built-up excitement for me just waiting to get on the field and show what I can really do,” Garrett said. “This is the time to really turn it on and there’s no better time for it. We’ve been skidding in the wrong direction, and we could really turn it around with a win here at home and then carry that momentum throughout the rest of the season. I’d just be glad to see the field on Sunday.”

Garrett expects to find out Friday whether he’ll play. The decision rests with Jackson and the athletic training staff.

Jackson said he wants to find out how much pain Garrett is experiencing and how well he’s tolerating it. He also wants to watch practice film and consult with the team’s medical staff.

“He is a huge piece of our organization and our future,” Jackson said of Garrett. “We want to be cautious but smart.”

Garrett desperately wants to help his team earn its first win.

“It’s a horrible feeling being on the sideline, having to watch all this occur and not be able to do anything about it,” he said. “It’s just a feeling of helplessness that you have that you don’t want to have at anytime in your career. Hopefully when I get back out there, I can do something about it.”

High ankle sprains are not new to Garrett. He reiterated this one isn’t as severe as the left high ankle sprain he suffered last year at Texas A&M. He missed two games, then saw his production drop while pushing through the injury during the second half of the season.

“There’s soreness, but there’s always going to be soreness throughout the season,” Garrett said of his latest injury. “It’s something that doesn’t really go away. It’s going to hang with you. You’re going to need some more rest on top of what you’ve already had, but if you spend enough time healing and being in the training room and recovering, then you should keep it to a minimum and it shouldn’t bother you too much.”

Such injuries usually require four to six weeks of recovery, so if Garrett plays Sunday, would his comeback be too soon?

“It might be, but some people heal faster than others, and I just have to see where I am [Friday],” Garrett replied. “That’s when decisions should be made. So we’ll just see where we’re at, and if I have to spend a little bit more time on the side to make sure I come back and I can be a force on the field, then I’ll do that.”

If Garrett does receive the green light to face the Bengals, he’ll likely play a limited role.

“I feel confident I can affect the game every time I step on the field,” he said. “So if I’m out there for 10, 15, 20 plays, got to make those the 10, 15, 20 best plays.”

The Browns are tied for 21st in the NFL with just six sacks.

“I wish I could just go out there and make a difference because I feel like I can,” Garrett said. “I can go out there and do things that some other people can’t, and hopefully when I get back out there, I’ll show that.”

Jackson has no doubt Garrett will make his presence felt upon his return.

“He would give us a lift obviously rushing the passer,” Jackson said. “That would be a jolt to our football team.”

Garrett’s teammates have the same belief. Because of his cold, Garrett was a little late to practice. He ran the length of the field to join the other players as they were stretching.

“We almost started to throw a little party to see him back out there,” cornerback Jason McCourty said. “... To see him back out at practice, I think our entire defense and team probably gets excited because we know the talent that he has.”

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