Myles Garrett suspended rest of season by NFL after helmet-swinging brawl; Steelers, Browns each fined $250,000

Tom Schad


Published 12: 27 PM EST Nov 15, 2019

The NFL announced Friday that it has suspended Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett without pay for the remainder of this season and postseason “at a minimum” after he struck an opposing player with a helmet during Thursday night’s game.

The suspension, which will cover at least six games, is the most severe punishment for a single on-the-field act in NFL history, eclipsing the five-game suspension that Tennessee Titans lineman Albert Haynesworth received in 2006.

“Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon,” the NFL said in its announcement.

The league also said Garrett must meet with commissioner Roger Goodell’s office prior to reinstatement and has been fined an undisclosed amount.

Additionally, the NFL suspended Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey for three games and Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi for one game for their roles in Thursday night’s incident. The league also fined both teams $250,000 and said “additional discipline for other players will be forthcoming.”

It is immediately unclear whether Garrett, Pouncey or Ogunjobi will appeal their punishments.

The helmet-swinging incident occurred in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s 21-7 win over the Steelers on Thursday night, after Garrett, a former No. 1 overall pick and 2018 Pro Bowl honoree, tackled Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph to the ground.

Rudolph grasped at Garrett’s helmet as they tangled off the ground. Garrett then grabbed Rudolph’s helmet by the facemask and ripped it off his head. When Rudolph charged at Garrett, the Browns lineman swung the helmet and struck the Steelers’ quarterback in the head.

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“It was bush league and a total coward move on his part,” Rudolph said after the game. “It’s OK, I’ll take it. I’m not going to back down from any bully out there.”

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam apologized to Rudolph in a statement released Friday, adding that they were “extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening.”

“There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organization,” they said.

Rudolph’s agent, Tim Younger, told ESPN on Friday morning that he was reviewing the matter and “no (legal) options have been removed from the table.”

Contributing: Nate Davis

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