Sunday’s contest against the Miami Dolphins will be the first game that Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett will miss under the terms of his indefinite suspension.

Although Garrett lost his appeal of the suspension and will miss the rest of this season, the NFL is hopeful and optimistic that the Pro Bowl pass-rusher will not miss any games next season, league sources said.  

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Garrett was suspended indefinitely and fined $45,623 for ripping the helmet off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it late in the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s 21-7 victory on Nov. 14.

Garrett lost his appeal and stands to lose about $1.2 million in salary for missing the six remaining games this season.

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