NFL Suspends Myles Garrett After Shot to Rudolph’s Head


It was Thursday Night Football between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The final score was Browns 21 Steelers 7. With only seconds left in the game, a brawl broke out. It started with Steeler’s quarterback, Mason Rudolph, getting tackled and pushing the helmet of Myles Garrett. In reaction, Garrett and Rudolph started shoving each other and eventually Garrett pulled off Rudolph’s helmet and clubbed him in the head with the helmet as other Steelers players tried to push away Garrett. Eventually several players from each team were involved trying to break it up. 

The next day Garrett was handed an indefinite suspension, meaning he will no longer play this season and possibly miss games in the next season. The other Steelers players, however, only got minimal suspensions and fines. Garrett will appeal this suspension, but if it remains, it will be the longest suspension for an on-field incident in NFL history. He will also have to meet the commissioner 2020 to discuss playing time.

The NFL weighed in on the incident. Many players voiced their opinions on Twitter. Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said, “Bro. I can’t believe that just happened.” 

Former Steelers linebackerJames Harrison tweeted, “That’s assault at the least… 6 months in jail on the street.. now add the weapon and that’s at least a year right?!” 

Myles Garrett after the game seemed very apologetic and he knew he was in the wrong. On ESPN, Myles stated, “Last night, I made a terrible mistake. I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions, and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake, and I fully intend to do so.”

Myles Garrett is very fortunate the shot to Rudolph’s head was weak contact, and it did not seriously hurt Mason. Many people are against his stance and he may never have a chance to play on a football field again after his actions.