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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

Steelers' Rudolph calls Garrett's helmet swing 'cowardly'

  Steelers' Rudolph calls Garrett's helmet swing 'cowardly' Steelers' Rudolph calls Garrett's helmet swing 'cowardly'"I thought it was pretty cowardly, pretty bush league," Rudolph told reporters postgame, according to ESPN's Brooke Pryor.

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Myles Garrett Faces Lengthy Suspension After Helmet Swing . Myles Garrett will undoubtedly be suspended for taking Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and Earlier this season , the NFL suspended Vonte Burfict for 12 games, but it was a bit of a different situation given Burfict’s

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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.

Watch: Garrett bashes Rudolph with helmet as Browns, Steelers brawl

  Watch: Garrett bashes Rudolph with helmet as Browns, Steelers brawl Myles Garrett swung Mason Rudolph's helmet at the quarterback in the final seconds of Thursday Night Football as a brawl broke out between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. Crazy fight at the end of the #PITvsCLE game! Some people are going to be suspended for multiple games! Myles Garrett tries to attack Mason Rudolph with a helmet ???????? pic.twitter.com/RpLfbzl7ZO — Davey Hudson (@Davey_Hudson) November 15, 2019 If the #NFL watchesCrazy fight at the end of the #PITvsCLE game! Some people are going to be suspended for multiple games! Myles Garrett tries to attack Mason Rudolph with a helmet ???????? pic.twitter.

Myles Garrett Addresses Fight With Mason Rudolph. Garrett addressed the incident in the locker room Seeing his star defensive end swinging a helmet just seconds away from a victory means his “The reality is, he’s going to get suspended ,” Mayfield said. “We don’t know how long, and that

Getty Defensive end Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field after being ejected from the game during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14 Head coach Freddie Kitchens also added in the postgame that he was embarrassed, as was Garrett , for the entire incident.

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."

Could Mason Rudolph consider legal action against Myles Garrett?

  Could Mason Rudolph consider legal action against Myles Garrett? Many people believe Garrett should be charged with a crime for his actions, which could easily be considered aggravated assault. That outcome seems unlikely.Not long after Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off and smashed the quarterback in the head with it, Rudolph’s agent Tim Younger released a statement about the incident on Twitter. He seemed to imply that Rudolph could consider taking legal action against Garrett.

Getty Browns defensive end Myles Garrett . The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers did not end Thursday night on a positive note. With 8 seconds left in the game Myles Garrett ripped off the helmet of Steelers quarterback Myles Garrett and swung it at him, using it as a weapon.

The Browns were seconds away from a season -changing win when Myles Garrett lost his Garrett tore off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet , wildly swung it and hit the QB in the head The guys who jumped into the scrum, I appreciate my team having my back, but it never should have

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.

Police not pursuing charges against Browns’ Myles Garrett

  Police not pursuing charges against Browns’ Myles Garrett Cleveland police say they are not investigating Browns player Myles Garrett for striking a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the head with a helmet. Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia (CHAWCH’) said Friday that police hadn’t received a complaint from Mason Rudolph. And a city spokeswoman says the prosecutor can’t comment because Rudolph hasn’t filed a complaint. Rudolph’s agent, Tim Younger, tells media outlets that no legal options “have been removed from the table.” Rudolph called Garrett’s actions “pretty cowardly.” Garrett pulled off Rudolph’s helmet during a melee at the end of Thursday night’s game in Cleveland and used it to strike him on the head.

Garrett used Mason Rudolph’s helmet as a weapon on the quarterback’s exposed head, sparking a brawl on Thursday night. Share All sharing options for: Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet , sparking massive Browns -Steelers brawl.

Cleveland Browns ' player Myles Garrett is facing a lengthy suspension for a "totally inexcusable" attack on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. With eight seconds left Garrett , 23, wrestled Rudolph to the ground after he had released the ball, ripped off his helmet and swung it at his head.

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.

Myles Garrett suspended indefinitely for hitting Rudolph with helmet

  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.

Browns ’ Myles Garrett Rips Helmet Off Steelers QB Mason Rudolph, Smashes Him In Head With It Both Garrett and Pouncey were ejected, along with Browns ’ defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who Rudolph, who had missed time earlier this season with a concussion after being drilled by Baltimore

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hit him over the head with it. Suspend him for the rest of the season . They about to suspend Myles Garrett for 30 years!

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."

Opinion: Garrett deserved suspension, but NFL should also discipline Rudolph

  Opinion: Garrett deserved suspension, but NFL should also discipline Rudolph Browns' Myles Garrett got the suspension he deserved for brawl. But the NFL should also discipline QB Mason Rudolph for his role in igniting fight.What about Mason Rudolph?

Garrett ’s action has caused one of the biggest stories of the NFL year and many former players have reacted. Myles Garrett hit another player ON TOP OF THE HEAD with a f’ing helmet ! Garrett gone for rest of year and Pouncey gone for 4 games no questioned ask with multiple another’s fined!

nfl . Browns defender Myles Garrett snaps and attacks Mason Rudolph. Steelers players attempted to fight off Garrett but his attack couldn’t be stopped as he ripped the helmet off the head of Rudolph before cracking Myles Garrett should be suspended the rest of the season and into next as well.

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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Rudolph fined $50k as NFL punishes 33 players for Steelers-Browns brawl .
Mason Rudolph, who escaped suspension, was slapped with the largest sum as 33 players were fined by the NFL on Saturday. Garrett was fined $45,623, while Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey – who had a three-game ban reduced to two – received a $35,096 fine.Both the Browns and Steelers were fined $250,000 each.PIT  CIN: https://t.co/iCD9YQFQNepic.twitter.

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