CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP/WOIO) - Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and postseason by the NFL for swinging a helmet and striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head.
Source: MGN / NFL
Garrett’s violent outburst in the final seconds of Thursday’s nationally televised game against the Steelers landed him the longest suspension for a single on-field infraction in league history. Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games in 2006.
Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and clobbered him on top of the head, triggering a brawl between the rivals.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended three games for punching and kicking Garrett, and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended for one game. He shoved Rudolph to the ground from behind during the melee.
The league said Garrett will have to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell before his reinstatement is considered.
The Steelers and Browns were also fined $250,000 each.
Earlier on Friday, Cleveland police said no criminal charges have been filed against Garrett for the helmet attack against the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.
According to a Cleveland Division of Police spokeswoman, Mason Rudolph did not file a police report against Garrett for the on-field incident in the finals seconds of Thursday’s Cleveland Browns game.
At one point in Thursday night’s game, Garrett rips Rudolph’s helmet off while he is on the ground and swings it at the Steelers quarterback when he gets back to his feet, hitting him in the head.
Rudolph’s agent, Tim Younger, said they are reviewing all options moving forward against Garrett.
The chain reaction began here with a very late take down following a pass. Very late. That happens every Sunday. It is typically followed by pushing and shoving, even by the QB, and that usually ends it. However, what followed tonight cannot be defended by reasonable minds.— Younger & Associates/QB Limited (@YoungerAssoc) November 15, 2019
There are many risks an NFL QB assumes with every snap taken on the field. Being hit on your uncovered head by a helmet being swung by a 275 lb DE is not one of them. Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending. The matter will be reviewed thoroughly.— Younger & Associates/QB Limited (@YoungerAssoc) November 15, 2019
Garrett did not apologize for his actions during his postgame comments.
“I know it was bush league and a total coward move on his part,” Rudolph stated. “It’s OK, I’ll take it. I’m not going to back down from any bully out there.”
The spokeswoman said officers were present at FirstEnergy Stadium for the Browns game, but it is normal security protocol for home games to be staffed with police working secondary employment for the NFL.
According to NFL analyst Ian Rapoport, Garrett is likely facing a multi-game suspension.
“I have never seen that in my life so we wait and see," Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens responded when asked about what kind of punishment should be expected. "I can’t answer that.
The NFL has not decided on a potential punishment that could be handed down to Garrett and any other players involved.
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