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Sports Opinion: NFL should suspend Browns' Myles Garrett for rest of season — at minimum — for helmet swing

10:35  15 november  2019
10:35  15 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett changed everything with the swing of a helmet . Myles Garrett , the best player on the Cleveland Browns ' roster and (up until now) a leading contender for defensive player of the year For Garrett and the Browns , this season is unofficially officially over.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended for at least the rest of the regular season and post- season by the NFL for swinging a helmet and striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head.

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CLEVELAND — Judging by the pall that had taken the air out of the their locker room, you would have assumed the Browns had just been eliminated from playoff contention.

And, in actuality, they probably were.

Despite winning consecutive games for the first time in a season gone sideways — an overly hyped campaign that finally appeared like it was potentially back on track after the Browns dominated and demoralized the arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers for 59 minutes and 52 seconds Thursday night — Cleveland's Pro Bowl defensive end, Myles Garrett, brought the curtain down.

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The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett indefinitely — and at least for the rest of the season — for ripping the opposing quarterback's helmet off his head and hitting him with it in NFL suspends Myles Garrett indefinitely for swinging helmet onto quarterback's head.

a person holding a football ball: Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence (99) leads defensive end Myles Garrett (95) off the field after a fight during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. © Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence (99) leads defensive end Myles Garrett (95) off the field after a fight during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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On his teammates.

Garrett stood in front of his stall in the near-deserted locker room following the 21-7 "victory" — almost certainly the last time he'll grace a locker room in 2019 — and didn't even attempt to explain why he rag-dolled Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph in the final 8 seconds before ripping the second-year quarterback's helmet off and then bashing it over his head.

“I made a mistake," said Garrett. "I lost my cool, and it's going to come back to hurt our team."

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Ya think? 

Asked to explain himself, Garrett admitted his cheapest of shots was “foolish” and “out of character” but didn't want to get into what set him off, softly suggesting that we should "just have to go look" at the tape — where maybe you'll see Rudolph taking exception with Garrett's takedown after the ball was long gone ... and maybe you'll see Rudolph kicking Garrett in the groin.

Doesn't matter.

Myles Garrett, the best player on the Cleveland Browns' roster and (up until now) a leading contender for defensive player of the year honors, shouldn't play again this season. And I'm not even sure a six-game suspension is enough. 

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Garrett, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft and delightful guy off the field by most accounts, weaponized a helmet into the dome of a quarterback who was concussed six weeks earlier (and missed his next start) after a nasty shot to the jaw delivered by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas.

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  Myles Garrett suspended indefinitely for hitting Rudolph with helmet Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely for his actions in Thursday's night melee with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL announced on Friday. Garrett will miss at least the rest of the season, including any potential playoff games, for swinging Mason Rudolph's helmet at the quarterback in the final seconds of the game. The 2017 No. 1 pick will be required to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell "prior to aGarrett will miss at least the rest of the season, including any potential playoff games, for swinging Mason Rudolph's helmet at the quarterback in the final seconds of the game.

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The NFL likes to tout its emphasis on player safety at every turn, so now it's time to take one of its best players off the field. 

And that's too bad for Garrett, who was one of the league's rising stars just a few hours earlier but now has an ugly epitaph forever etched into his career.

It's also too bad for the Browns, who, for one night, showed a national audience the kind of team most thought they would be. Quarterback Baker Mayfield accounted for three touchdowns. Jarvis Landry scored one. Odell Beckham and Kareem Hunt set up another. Nick Chubb wore Pittsburgh down with 92 yards on the ground.

And that Cleveland defense ...

— Four interceptions of Rudolph, two by star linebacker Joe Schobert.

— Four sacks of Rudolph.

— Limiting the Steelers to 236 total yards and just 3.7 per play.

— Allowing Pittsburgh to penetrate the red zone just once, and only because rookie corner Greedy Williams was called for pass interference.

The Browns looked fierce, relentless, motivated. They resembled a squad, even at a modest 4-6, that might have a shot at breaking its 17-year playoff drought (currently the NFL's longest) as they built momentum into a stretch drive that included dates with the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals and winless Cincinnati Bengals — twice.

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They were finally playing with an edge, even if, at times, they stepped over that edge — safety Damarious Randall ejected earlier in the night for a nasty helmet-to-helmet blow that left Steelers rookie receiver Diontae Johnson concussed and bleeding from his ear.

Schobert defended him afterward, saying Randall never intended to hurt Johnson and was only trying to make a play on a ball in the air.

But no one defended Garrett.

Not coach Freddie Kitchens: "I am embarrassed. Myles is embarrassed. It is not good. He understands what he did, he understands it is totally unacceptable, and we have to get through it. ... I have never seen that in my life so we wait and see (on a suspension).

"He hurt the team. That is all I can say. He hurt the team."

Not Mayfield: "It is inexcusable. He knows that. There is no other way around it. ... This locker room is going to have to come together, because this is going to be a soap opera.

"Instead of feeling like we just won a game that we really needed ... it feels like we lost."

Not Beckham: "We can't have that. It's dumb. It's going to hurt the team. ... It just kind of overshadows the win that we had today."

Not Hunt: "It was tough to watch."

Certainly not Rudolph: "It was bush league and a total coward move on his part. It's OK, I'll take it. I'm not going to back down from any bully out there."

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And not Garrett. 

"I am hurting my whole team with what I did, and it could come back to bite us," he knowingly admitted. "I don't know what kind of repercussion I face, but I have to be better.

"It's embarrassing, foolish and a bad representation of who we want to be and what we are trying to do with the rest of the season."

Were trying to do anyway.

For Garrett and the Browns, this season is unofficially officially over.

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