Myles Garrett says he's not a dirty player, after putting Trevor Siemian out for season

It doesn’t take much for a player to get a reputation.

A couple illegal hits on “Monday Night Football,” including one that knocked a quarterback out for the season, could do it.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, the first pick of the NFL draft in 2017, found himself defending his style of play this week. Garrett had two roughing the passer penalties on Monday night, and one of them ended New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian’s season.

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Garrett said he’s not a dirty player though.

“I know who I am, and the guys within these walls who I am. That’s not me,” Garrett said. “I’m not going to do anything to try to hurt this team or try to take out any player outside of the rulebook.”

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Cleveland Browns' Myles Garrett (95) sacks New York Jets' Trevor Siemian (19) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 16: Trevor Siemian #19 of the New York Jets is hurt on this play after he is tackled after a pass by Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: New York Jets Quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) is sacked during the first quarter of the National Football League game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets on September 16, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 16: Trevor Siemian #19 of the New York Jets is hurt on this play after he is tackled after a pass by Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: New York Jets Quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) is injured during the first half of the National Football League game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets on September 16, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 16: Trevor Siemian #19 of the New York Jets is hurt on this play after he is tackled after a pass by Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) on the field after being injured as New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on during the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns on September 16, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: New York Jets Medical Personnel attend to New York Jets Quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) after being injured on a play during the first half of the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets on September 16, 2019, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Myles Garrett says he’s not dirty

Garrett’s hit on Siemian was similar to others that were called around the NFL on Sunday.

Defenders can’t land with their full weight on the quarterback. Garrett did that, and he said officials told him he also hit Siemian too high.

Garrett didn’t mean to injure Siemian, but when he landed on him, the quarterback’s left foot was pinned underneath him in an awkward way. Siemian needs season-ending ankle surgery.

Garrett said he would never try to injure another player.

“I’m not trying to do anything dirty. I’m not trying to injure anybody,” Garrett said.

Garrett vows to play with same aggressiveness

Garrett has the same issue as many defenders around the NFL. They’re taught to play the game a certain way. And in many ways, they’re being held to an impossible standard when it comes to tackling but doing so without breaking any of the many rules to protect offensive players.

“You want to play aggressive, you want to play passionate,” Garrett said. “You just want to finish the play. I’m going to keep on playing with that same aggressiveness, I’m just going to be smarter. Better in the strike zone and trying to pull off so I don’t land on him with all my weight.”

Garrett had a huge night against the Jets. He had three sacks and looked unblockable. He’ll be a candidate for NFL defensive player of the year if he keeps that up.

He might draw some extra attention from officials, too.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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