Focal myositis is a rare benign inflammatory pseudotumor that can mimic malignancy, clinically and on imaging. A 34-year-old man presented with a 3-week history of sudden-onset, nontender, left upper neck mass that was nonresolving with antibiotics. Anatomical imaging was concerning for a sarcoma of the sternocleidomastoid muscle with possible regional nodal metastases and surrounding inflammatory change. 18F-FDG PET/CT showed marked FDG uptake extending around the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle with no FDG-avid local nodal disease. Core biopsy of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and adjacent node revealed inflammatory changes. A diagnosis of focal inflammatory myositis was made.