The Thursday night game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers ended on an ugly note that includes at least one league-sanctioned penalty, that being the one levied against Cleveland’s Myles Garrett. The Browns edge rusher is technically suspended indefinitely, but the NFL has said, at minimum, the penalty will last through the end of the playoffs.
Things got ugly at the tail end of the game. Garrett was going for a sack of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph after which a bit of a scuffle broke out between Randolph and Garrett. It ended with Garrett having Rudolph’s helmet and taking a swing at the QB with it. A Pittsburgh lineman was in between the two trying to keep the peace, but Garrett’s helmet swing did connect with Rudolph’s head. But Rudolph stayed on his feet after the blow.
This Browns defensive end has been suspended for one of the dirtiest plays in NFL history: He pulled off the opposing QB’s helmet and hit him in the head with it in pic.twitter.com/t4jcPgY9yx
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Cleveland won the game 21-7 to improve to 4-6, putting them in third place in the AFC North. But they will be without their key 23-year-old pass rusher for the remainder of 2019, if not longer.
Garrett has 10 sacks through 10 games. He was the number one overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. In his third season, Garrett has recorded 30.5 sacks for his career along with 104 total tackles. He will forfeit the remainder of the $1.139 million left on his contract for this season.
The Browns released a statement from Myles Garrett:
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For his part in the altercation, the NFL has announced that quarterback Mason Rudolph will face a fine.