Browns defender Myles Garrett appealing indefinite National Football League suspension for helmet thuggery

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2019

The stunning strike came with just seconds left in the Browns' 21-7 win over the Steelers in FirstEnergy Stadium.

Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett has not received a ton of support for ripping off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and hitting him with it, but one teammate believes the person who took one on the head bears some responsibility.

In the melee that following, Pouncey kicked Garrett and then Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi ran in and knocked Rudolph back to the ground before being shoved away by Steelers right tackle Matt Feiler.

Count Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson among those who can not believe Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph escaped suspension for his role in the Thursday night brawl.

Garrett doesn't seem to have a strong case for getting his suspension reduced. Brooks and Thrash have sided with players in the past, minimizing previous bans in 2017 for former Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and former Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib. It's the longest suspension in league history for a single on-field infraction. He is also required to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell's office before he could be reinstated.

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Garrett requested to attend the appeal hearing in NY and plans to be there. The 23-year-old is appealing that suspension. As the skirmish continued, Garrett swung the helmet and connected with the top of Rudolph's head.

The NFL has yet to announce officially whether Rudolph will be fined.

Richardson also defended Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who got three games for attacking Garrett after the helmet strike. It's OK, I'll take it.

The 2017 No 1 overall draft pick and Pro Bowler is not permitted to be with the Browns while serving his suspension.

"There's no excuse for that to happen on a football field", Kitchens said.

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