Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is facing a long suspension from the NFL for an attack on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
In the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game, Garrett tackled Rudolph to the ground after he had thrown the ball.
He then ripped off his helmet and used it to hit him on the head, which sparked a mass brawl between both teams.
Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey threw punches at the Browns man and appeared to kick him in the head.
Garrett and Pouncey were both then ejected from the game as well as Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.
“I thought it was pretty cowardly,” Rudolph said after Cleveland beat the Steelers 21-7. “Pretty bush league.”
Garrett did not go into specific details at what provoked this reaction when quizzed by reporters after the game.
“What I did was foolish, and I shouldn’t allow myself to slip like that,” he said.
“That’s out of character, but a situation like that where it’s an emotional game, and I allowed myself to fall into those emotions with what happened.”
Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens and quarterback Baker Mayfield were also quick to condemn the former number one overall pick’s actions.
Mayfield said: “It’s inexcusable. I don’t care rivalry or not, we can’t do that.
“I don’ think there’s anything in that moment I can really say to calm them down.
“The reality is he’s going to get suspended, we don’t know how long and that hurts our team.”
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Kitchens added: “You have to be able to maintain your composure in times like that. Under no circumstances do we want anything to do with anything like that.
“I’m embarrassed. Myles is embarrassed. It’s not good. He understands what he did. He understands it’s totally unacceptable and we have to get through it.”
Garrett is now facing a lengthy suspension from the NFL for his actions and the others involved in the brawl can also expect to face further punishment.
The longest suspension handed out for an on-field incident was 12 games to Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
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