Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Myles Garrett suspended indefinitely for Rudolph fight

Myles Garrett suspended indefinitely for Rudolph fight

The incident evoked memories of Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth stomping on the head of the Cowboys' Andre Gurode during a 2006 game.

"I made a mistake", Garrett told the media.

"He just lost his cool".

"Rivalry or not we can't do that".

"I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable", Garrett, 23, said in a statement.

Garrett's attack on Rudolph drew condemnation across the league and sports world.

Garrett's teammate Larry Ogunjobi and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey were also suspended and fined.

Ogunjobi will miss out on more than $48,000 for his one-game suspension.

The play began with Garrett dragging Rudolph to the ground and then refusing to let go as the quarterback tried to break free.

Garrett was one of three players ejected for the wild melee but faces the harshest penalty because he appeared to be the main instigator.

Both the Steelers and Browns were fined $250,000 and all three players were fined an undisclosed amount.

"We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game", Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.

Despite the injuries, the Steelers were within 14-7 entering the fourth quarter after Rudolph connected with Jaylen Samuels for a 3-yard touchdown pass. "We understand the consequences from the league for his actions".

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The Garrett incident was culmination of an nasty, violent game between AFC North rivals that conjured memories of the Steelers' January 2016 clash with the Cincinnati Bengals that featured a host of violent helmet-to-helmet hits and altercations.

"There are many risks an NFL QB assumes with every snap taken on the field", Younger wrote. "Being hit on your uncovered head by a helmet being swung by a 275 lb DE is not one of them", Younger said on Twitter. Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending.

"We are always searching for ways to improve the way we are viewed as an organization, as a coach and as a player", he said.

In the waning minutes of the Browns' game against the visiting Steelers, Garrett threw Rudolph to the ground, sparking a fight between the two players, footage shared by ESPN revealed.

The Steelers and Browns meet again on 1 December.

Mayfield said he didn't speak with Garrett, but he expects his teammate to be accountable.

The loss of Garrett is a devastating blow to Cleveland's defence.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield called Garrett's actions "inexcusable" and Fox commentator Troy Aikman said they were "barbaric".

The swing grazed Rudolph's head, but sparked a wider brawl in the endzone, with players rushing off the sidelines to take a swing at the other team.

While there's no police investigation as of yet, Garrett won't be playing in any professional football games or getting paid until at least the end of the season.

"That is not who we want to be at the end of the game", Kitchens said about Garrett.

"We know who Myles is a as person". The NFL desperately wants to avoid moments like the NBA's Malice at the Palace, Kermit Washington's punch of Rudy Tomjonavich or anything that resembles the aforementioned Bengals-Steelers catastrophe.

"Myles and I visited for a long time this morning, " Kitchens said. It is not good.

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