Myles Garrett ripped Mason Rudolph's helmet off on Thursday night and swung it at the quarterback's head. Cleveland Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett was ejected for swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. “I feel like every guy feels like that, especially with COVID and what’s going on in the world, not knowing if there would be a season. Rudolph had plenty to say about the fight as well. All Rights Reserved. ", "I lost my cool and I regret it. Supercomputer-developed face shields may offer lifeline for Japan's restaurant industry, Japan unveils new submarine in face of China's growing assertiveness, Peru's Machu Picchu reopens ... for one Japanese tourist, 'I have failed': North Korea's Kim shows tearful side in confronting hardships. The league said discipline for other players would be determined at a later date. The outburst left grizzled football veterans gasping at its sheer violence, a throwback matched by only a handful -- if any -- of intentional acts in 100 years of league play. "At this point, who cares?" What we did for the first 59 minutes shouldn't go unnoticed.". “I left it open-ended to leave it open-ended,” Garrett said Friday. Asked if his dangerous helmet swing will influence how the Ravens play, Garrett said, “That’s up to them. That happened in 2006 when then-Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth ripped the helmet off Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode and then kicked and stomped on his face. He was fined more than $42,000 for hits on the quarterback the following week as well. The 24-year-old Browns’ Pro Bowl defensive end finds himself in the spotlight on the NFL’s season-opening weekend as he returns for Sunday’s game at Baltimore. And here's what the original statement from Rudolph's lawyers said in full: "The chain reaction began here with a very late take down following a pass. “I’ve had some really good conversations with Myles over the last few months. Garrett issued a statement on Friday after his suspension was handed down. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. Pouncey told reporters after the game that he blacked out after seeing Garrett swing a helmet at his quarterback, and that he was unconcerned about any punishment from his actions. “Myles Garrett, one of the premier players in the National Football League, he is a game-wrecker,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during a Wednesday Zoom conference call. The two players continued to engage on the ground, and when both started to get to their feet, Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off his head as Steelers guard David DeCastro tried to push him away from the quarterback. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: nfl | pageType: stories | I’m not going to change my game according to that. For that, Smith was suspended for three games. Forty-eight hours from playing his first game since Nov. 14, Myles Garrett was not in an introspective mood. By Rob DeCola Globe Staff, November 15, 2019, 8:20 a.m. Jason Miller/Getty Images. The last time fans saw Garrett was a horrifying moment, when he hit the Steelers’ Mason Rudolph over the head with the quarterback’s own helmet. At that point, several players from both teams had joined the fracas and the officials were eventually able to regain control without any further major incident. The Pick Six Podcast fired up an emergency episode after news of the suspensions came down. We’ve had some really cool talks. As soon as Rudolph gripped Garrett’s shoulder, Garrett began his overhead swing with the helmet in his other hand. Read more about the Browns at www.beaconjournal.com/browns. What happened in the final seconds of a 21-7 victory over the Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium gave Garrett the reputation of being a dirty player, but Garrett sounded as if he’s come to terms with that. I'll take it. They’ll recognize you for your game or what you do outside of it, or they just don’t matter.”. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. You can see the entire statement and read more about the punishment here. Garrett's actions drew condemnation not only from Steelers players after the game but his own teammates and others around the league as well. Even though it has been so long since he played a game, Garrett doesn’t believe he will feel differently when he takes the field on Sunday. As Garrett alluded to in his postgame comments, there were 59 minutes of game action before the incident in the final minute. Rudolph was lucky to avoid a similar fate, or worse. Garrett's absurdity, on the other hand, came after the whistle, outside of any semblance of competition. They have, I think most people would agree, one of the top D-lines in football across the board. The NFL's punishment should reflect that sobering fact. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey then entered the fray, kicking and punching Garrett and escalating the scene to a point where it wouldn't have been surprising to see police officers on the field. “I thought it was pretty cowardly and bush league,” Rudolph said after the game. 6-keys: media/spln/nfl/reg/free/stories, at "I don't think it's overshadowed by what happened in 8 seconds. Very late. The No. Garrett, while being held by Steelers guard David DeCastro, managed to swing the helmet at Rudolph’s head and strike him. I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I think we’re all excited to be out there and play the game we love.”. "That's inexcusable. Going to play by the rules and be where I’m supposed to be.”, New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he’s had some good talks with Garrett, whom he chose for the team’s social justice committee. We use cookies and other technologies to customize your experience, perform analytics and deliver personalized advertising on our sites, apps and newsletters and across the Internet based on your interests. As for his football resume, Garrett remains among the league’s most feared pass rushers after posting 30.5 sacks in three seasons. “That’s part of life. You can read more about Foster's comments here. See our Privacy Policy and Third Party Partners to learn more about the use of data and your rights. The Japan Times LTD. All rights reserved. Meanwhile, another Browns defensive lineman, Larry Ogunjobi, shoved Rudolph back to the ground as he continued to apparently look for the officials' flags. However, what followed tonight cannot be defended by reasonable minds. You can read about that here, and the rest of the action in our takeaways from the game, including several other Steelers players who were ruled out due to injury. Myles Garrett's goal was to be NFL's top defensive player this season. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Damien Woody and Scott Van Pelt weigh in on Myles Garrett striking Mason Rudolph with his helmet at the conclusion of the Steelers-Browns game. Very impressed by Myles the player. Nov 22, 2019 Article history. The reality is he is going to get suspended. The length of Garrett's absence shouldn't be too tough for the NFL to figure out. Former Texans running back Arian Foster took a different angle, saying that "if you watch football, you condone assault." It was a total coward move on his part. Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending. "I know it was bush-league. "Where did it cross the line? SportsLine data engineer Stephen Oh calls the loss of Garrett for the season "severe," as his numbers have the Browns losing a half-win on their expected record without their top pass rusher. Offsetting penalties were called on Garrett, Pouncey, and Ogunjobi, with all three players also being disqualified from the game. They were violent, unnecessary and exceedingly damaging. On Friday, the NFL announced that Garrett, Pouncey, and Ogunjobi would all be suspended for their roles in the altercation, with Garrett receiving the most serious punishment. What happened in the final seconds of a 21-7 victory over the Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium gave Garrett the reputation of being a dirty player, but Garrett sounded as if he’s come to terms with that. The NFL should be eager to demonstrate its mettle at a time when it has never been more cognizant of and responsive to brain health. Sponsored contents planned and edited by JT Media Enterprise Division. Pouncey was suspended three games, which he is expected to appeal, while Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension. We have to try to do the best we can to try to neutralize those guys, and it starts with Myles Garrett.”. Just after Rudolph released the ball, Garrett wrapped him in a bear hug and continued to play, eventually wrestling the quarterback to the ground. It suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict indefinitely earlier this season for an accumulation of on-field acts, culminating with a helmet-to-helmet hit, but the longest suspension it has issued for a single on-field incident is five games. “It’s exciting. This was worse than Chuck Bednarik's knockout of Frank Gifford in 1960. I’m not coming in thinking they’re going to do that. It's going to come back to hurt our team," Garrett said. 6. If you knew that context, you were surely cringing as you saw Garrett bash Rudolph's head, topped off by Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi pushing Rudolph to the ground from behind. I'll accept whatever penalty it is.". Note: The NFL announced Friday morning that it had suspended Browns defensive end Myles Garrett indefinitely, but at least for rest of the regular season and postseason. There will be no fans in M&T Bank Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Garrett will likely hear catcalls in stadiums where spectators are allowed. "But my question is: are we going to get to the problem of what triggered it?" You can see more of those reactions here. You can read more about Garrett's history with on-field incidents here, and you can also check out the 10 worst brawls in NFL history here. Those plays, the first two that come to mind in the NFL's history of on-field violence, were part of the flow of game action. Even though the Browns’ defensive line returns all four starters, Garrett knows the Ravens will chip, use max protection and run the ball to minimize his effectiveness. Mayfield couldn't summon an ounce of defense for his teammate. In 2013, Antonio Smith ripped off the helmet of Richie Incognito and swung it close to his face. It takes about two seconds to see him get in his stance and come off the ball to not come away very impressed,” Stefanski said. ", Garrett addressed the incident after the game as well, saying he "made a mistake. Asked if his dangerous helmet swing will influence how the Ravens play, Garrett said, “That’s up to them. © 2020 www.beaconjournal.com. ... NFL upholds Myles Garrett's suspension for helmet swing. Guaranteed pic.twitter.com/saURgKlnBs. Please enable cookies on your web browser in order to continue. Gurode needed 30 stitches to close the wounds. Their simulated playoff chances drop from 21.2% to 12.2% without Garrett. The players grappled with each other and while Rudolph got his hand on Garrett’s helmet first, Garrett ultimately escalated the brawl by grabbing Rudolph’s helmet and yanking it off his head. Both franchises were fined $250,000 apiece. "It's inexcusable," he said. Woody: Garrett striking Rudolph was 'assault on the football field' (1:08). Saints pass rusher Cameron Jordan believes Rudolph shoulders plenty of blame himself. As Myles Garrett prepares to take the field for the first time since the infamous helmet-swinging melee, the Cleveland Browns end reveals he was close to quitting the NFL. Singing, eating and drinking sprays 14 times more droplets than speech, In ‘True Mothers,’ Naomi Kawase examines what makes a family, Buddhist monk and makeup artist seeks LGBTQ equality in Japan, Japan women’s pro soccer WE League reveals 11 clubs for first season. “Have to be aware of him at times. It's tough. Now Garrett's 2019 season must end with an unprecedented punishment. If Garrett hit someone with a helmet on the streets of Cleveland, he would face arrest. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was interviewed on the field after the game and wasted no time in condemning Garrett's actions.