Myles Garrett reacts to suspension: 'What I did was selfish'

Tanya Simon
November 16, 2019

The resulting fracas led Pouncey punching and kicking Garrett after he had been tackled by other Steelers and Ogunjobi shoving Rudolph from his blind side after sustaining Garrett's hit.

The game was a physical contest with several penalized blows to the head to players whsitled during the game by officials and the game culminating in an all-out brawl.

Rudolph, who was concussed and knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit earlier this year, eventually rose to his feet and chased after Garrett and that is when he was clobbered with his own helmet. What I did was foolish, and I shouldn't have allowed myself to do stuff like that. Under no circumstance do we want anything to do with anything like that.

Several current and former National Football League players expressed outrage on social media with some calling for a season long suspension and others saying they had never seen anything like it. "I don't care, rivalry or not, we can't do that".

"In all my life of football that might have been the craziest thing I have seen on a football field!" said Reggie Bush, a former Heisman Trophy victor who retired from the NFL two years ago. "After a hard-fought game between two rivals, it is a shame the game ended that way". While defensive backs must deliver hits at full speed to try and prevent or mitigate big plays on offense, players know not to use the crown of their helmets as weapons. "So, it will be fun for me to be able to try to help as best as I can and try to get him to think like an offensive tackle and hopefully turn him into the great player I think he can be".

The Browns (4-6) have won two in a row after dropping four straight, a skid that put coach Freddie Kitchens' job in jeopardy.

The second such shot was by Browns safety Damarious Randall, who lowered his head and delivered a nasty hit on Steelers rookie Diontae Johnson, who suffered a concussion and had blood coming from one ear.

Garrett was fined $10,527 for an excessive facemask penalty in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans - a play some viewed as a punch - and then was fined $42,112 a week later for a roughing-the-passer penalty that injured New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian, ending his season.

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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.

The teams meet again in 17 days.

The Browns are one of 11 teams committed to attending former quarterback Colin Kaepernick's workout in Atlanta this weekend.

The Browns' owners, Dee and Jimmy Haslam, apologized Friday to Rudolph and the Steelers.

Steelers President Art Rooney II expressed his team's disappointment with the home team's conduct, saying in a Friday statement, "The actions of the players involved were not something that should be part of any football game".

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield refused to defend his teammate's behaviour. Watt has at least one-half sack in seven straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

The Browns will visit the Steelers on November 14.

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